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GT-R Fails In Spectacular Fashion At Pikes Peak

Updated July 6, 2015

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest car race in the States, and it’s a wonder anyone still races here after all the spectacular crashes and fails in its long run. 156 turns in 12.42 miles is a near-impossible feat to conquer.

Randy Pobst is one of this year’s casualties. Or, more accurately, his Nissan GT-R is. Check out the video:

Randy is an professional driver and a journalist for Motor Trend, so experience is definitely not lacking. He’s logged hundreds or thousands of hours in fast cars and probably has Pikes Peak memorized turn for turn.

Randy admitted he lost focus in a post on carbuzz.com, stating, “Hate crashing gorgeous Pikes Peak Racing car! While leading on times. Also hate admitting my mind had jumped a corner ahead, Michael. That’s how I missed it so badly. I was flat out looking for that hairpin below Glen Cove to appear. Oops. Actually very lucky it wasn’t a whole lot worse. But we shall return. With more sleep!”

The GT-R flew off the road in magnificent form. The crash landing was recorded on several car-mounted cameras and catches the harrowing accident. The all-wheel-drive sports car goes into an understeer condition in a corner and gets fabulous air before bottoming out hard in the mud. Bumpers go flying on impact, and one rear-mounted camera catches what may be the exhaust ripped off laying on the ground.

It sounds like the damage to the car wasn’t as extensive as it could have been. Randy, we hope you get your car back on the road and conquer Pikes Peak soon! Glad you’re safe.pikes peak gtr pikes peak gtr 4 pikes peak gtr 3 pikes peak gtr 2

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