Can you beat BimmerWorld’s 1000-horsepower Bergsteiger? | #FastFriday

By Colin Wood
Mar 19, 2022 | UTCC, #FastFriday, Ultimate Track Car Challenge, BimmerWorld, Bergsteiger

What does it take to build a competitive car for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb? If you're BimmerWorld, you start with an E36 M3 and then go wild with 1000 horsepower, 12-inch-wide wheels, a fully custom pushrod suspension and a modified IMSA carbon-fiber body–all in a package that weighs only 2500 pounds with driver.

Oh, and did we mention this machine, better known as the Bergsteiger, is competing in the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports?

What is the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge? It’s our annual no-holds-barred track competition. The only rules are that car and driver must pass a NASA safety inspection.

Although powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 normally found in the M8 GTE race car–good for a ninth-overall finish at Pikes Peak–driver James Clay sums up its greatest strength in a single word: aero.

[Meet the Bergsteiger, BimmerWorld's 1000-plus-horsepower E36-chassis BMW M3 Pikes Peak racer]

View this car, along with the rest of the field, on the UTCC website. If you think you have what it takes to win, enter your car here.

The 2022 UTCC returns to Virginia International Raceway May 13-14 in the center of NASA’s HyperFest weekend.

The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Grassroots Motorsports in association with Wilwood EngineeringCRC IndustriesDeatschWerksHP TunersSPA Technique and Volkswagen, with trophies from BimmerWorldXS Power BatteriesSensor ConnectionTrack Advantage and Stifflers.

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Definitely gone now
Definitely gone now SuperDork
3/18/22 5:51 p.m.

Can I beat it? Ya. Snip a few wires under hood and she won't be up that mountain before me, or any time soon. 

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