The Australian-designed and -built Skelta G-Force has entered the 2012 Pikes Peak ‘Race to the Clouds’ event in Colorado on July 8th.
The Skelta will run in the highly competitive ‘Open Class’ thas t’ll of experienced Pikes Peak campaigners.
Unlike previous years where there was a fair amount of sliding around on the dirt sections, the course is now 100 per cent tarmac, which has meant a lot more entrants for the event. Usually organisers accept entries up to July, but the cut-off this year was brought forward to January.
The Skelta has already tasted success in the Targa Tasmania event with an outright second place in 2010.
Behind the wheel of the Skelta this year will be Australian driver Jeff Denmeade, who won his class at Pikes Peak in 2010, and the first Aussie ever to do so.
The Skelta G-Force uses a steel spaceframe reinforced with carbonfibre/aluminium honeycomb sandwich with a chassis weight of just 80 kilograms. The total weight of the car is 700kg with a 50/50 weight distribution.
The Skelta is powered by a Honda F20C 2.0-litre supercharged engine producing 200kW of power at 8500rpm and mated to a six-speed close-ratio Honda transmission.
With the car’s new livery, there’ll be no mistaking the Skelta for anything but a true blue Aussie.