Lexus IS F CCS-R Trial Run on Pikes Peak

As an example of what we can expect from the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in July, here’s some in-car footage of Ken Gushi taking a test run up the mountain in the Lexus IS F CCS-R:

I still can’t believe this is a public highway — what a crazy road.


  • Josh Daugherty

    I have driven up pikes peak and its super scary. But race up it……. no thanks.

  • two-lexus household

    Crazy?  I don’t think so.  Considering that Pike himself called this mountain “unclimbable,” I think this road is a monument to intelligent planning, careful execution, and come pretty serious maintenance.  I think it is absolutely wonderful Colorado has public highways that assume the driver is an intelligent being who can drive difficult roads.  I once drove this road in a rental and had a TON of fun—especially because in those days, the final few miles near the top were gravel.

    • krew

      I don’t know what it’s like in Colorado, but transplant drivers from here in Toronto and someone would be going off a cliff every day.

    • krew

      That said, I really want to drive it myself.

  • Crux

    Even from the starting line you can tell the engine working so hard already. What would we do without air, still N/A is the way! 

  • Pete

    damn that fuel pump is loud with no back seat on top of it

  • Howard

    If you think the up hill is tough, just think about driving it down hill full speed Initial D style.
    Takumi, where are you?

  • mrxandthexfactor

    I had to turn up the volume when the drive started. 

  • BOSS

    They should make more guard rails lol

    • krew

      That’s what I thought — not enough guard rails.

  • etggolf

    Id love to see KEN BLOCK tackle this track…!!!