New Hampshire’s Mount Washington is thought for among the most excessive climate within the continental United States — or actually, the planet. The very best floor wind velocity ever recorded was logged there: 231 mph, again in 1934. Winter temperatures are brutal. And you will get a howling snowstorm at any time on the 6,288-foot peak.
Additionally excessive: The video you see above, of Travis Pastrana breaking his personal document on the Mount Washington Hill Climb, aka the Climb to the Clouds. The climb first came about in 1904, seven years earlier than the Indy 500, 12 years earlier than the Pikes Peak Hillclimb, and some a long time earlier than the existence of significantly good automotive brakes. Pastrana’s document run came about over the weekend, and it might be probably the most frenetic — and if we’re all completely sincere with ourselves, terrifying — hillclimb video ever. Phrases do not do it justice. Simply watch it.
After Pastrana set his first document, in 2017, he mentioned, “This street is such a problem. It is most likely the hardest street to drive flat-out on this planet.”
However drive it flat-out, he does. The 7.6-mile Auto Street to the summit sometimes take a vacationer half-hour to drive, in keeping with hillclimb sponsor Subaru. And contemplating the dropoffs and blended surfaces you see on this video, that vacationer tempo of 15 mph or so appears like a nice thought. However Pastrana’s 2017 document was 5 minutes, 44 seconds. And this time, he was geared up together with his Subaru “Airslayer” WRX STI that was constructed for the Gymkhana 2020 video, which places out 826-horsepower and generates way more downforce from its aero. Airslayer bought him up the mountain 16 seconds sooner, at 5:28.67.
Our tough math makes the common velocity to be round 83 mph.
“New document within the books!” Subaru Motorsports quotes Pastrana as saying. “This automobile is the proper machine to do it. Coming off a second-place end at Goodwood I actually wished to set a brand new document right here to point out what the automobile might do in the correct setting. Fortunately we actually had good climate this yr and I knew if I might get a clear run in, I’d have an excellent shot on the 5:44 time. A lot enjoyable and I can’t wait to do it once more subsequent time!”
A lot enjoyable? See what you assume.