Impressively, he beat his own record by 16 seconds.
Back in 2017, Travis Pastrana set a record time at the Mt. Washington Hillclimb, conquering the terrifying high-altitude course in five minutes and 44.72 seconds using a souped-up Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Impressively, that was fast enough to beat the previous record by 24 seconds, setting the bar so high that it's never been beaten - until now.
The new car's extra grunt helped Pastrana set a new record time of five minutes and 28.67 seconds at the 2021 Mt. Washington Hillclimb, beating his own record by sixteen seconds. Pastrana also achieved an overall win at the Hillclimb.
"New record in the books!" said Pastrana. "This car is the perfect machine to do it. Coming off a second-place finish at Goodwood I really wanted to set a new record here to show what the car could do in the right environment. Luckily we really had good weather this year and I knew if I could get a clean run in, I'd have a great shot at the 5:44 time. So much fun and I can't wait to do it again next time!"
You can watch the record run in a video posted by Subaru as Pastrana drives up the narrow 7.6-mile course at scary speeds, missing trees, rocks, and sheer cliff drops by inches.
You can see why Mt. Washington has a reputation for being one of the toughest hillclimbs in the world. America's oldest hillclimb, Mt. Washington has an average grade of 12 percent. Thanks to a custom aero package, the Airslayer STI used for the hillclimb has significantly more downforce than the 600-hp WRX STI rally car Pastrana used in 2017 to improve stability on the uneven surface. Its increased power, upgraded suspension, and light curb weight also helped it set a new record.