600-HP Subaru Sets New Record At America's Most Harrowing Hillclimb


Travis Pastrana beat the previous record time by 24 seconds. Now that's a crushing defeat.

Travis Pastrana is no stranger to breaking records in cars. Back in 2010, the X Games star set a new world record for the longest car jump, using a Subaru rally car to leap 269 feet from a pier onto a floating barge. The same year, he broke the record for the fastest ascent at the historic Mount Washington Hillclimb in a Subaru WRX STi, only to be beaten the following year by David Higgings. At this month’s hillclimb event, Pastrana managed to reclaim the record, beating his rival by a considerable margin.

Staggeringly, Pastrana conquered the 7.6-mile mountain course in his 600-horsepower Subaru Impreza WRX STI in five minutes and 44.72 seconds. As if he didn’t need any more bragging rights, considering Pastrana has eight X Games gold medals and four Rally America championship titles to his name, that’s 24 seconds faster than his teammate Higgings, who set the previous record time of six minutes and 9.09 seconds in 2014. Now that’s a crushing defeat. To add insult to injury, Higgins wrecked just two miles before the finish during this year's hillclimb. Unlike previous Mt. Washington Hillclimbs, co-drivers were not allowed in this year’s event which only makes Pastrana’s record more impressive.

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“I can’t say enough how fun these cars are to drive, and thank Subaru for providing one to me. I hope this record can stand for a little while,” said Pastrana. “This road is such a challenge, it’s probably the toughest road to drive flat-out in the world.” The Mt. Washington Hillclimb is one of America’s most historic motorsport events. First established in 1904, drivers compete for the fastest time across the demanding 7.2-mile mountain course which reaches a 6,288-foot peak. That may pale in comparison to Pikes Peak, but it represents the highest peak in the Northeastern United States.

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