Jeff Zwart, from Woody Creek, Colo., completed his 1138-mile journey from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs in the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS – achieving an amazing 22.6 miles-per-gallon with the 620 horsepower sports car – and now focuses on final qualifying for Sunday’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb race.
"Needless to say, we have the only street-legal car in the top tier of this year’s Pikes Peak entry list, and people are amazed that we earned 22.6 mpg in such a high performance car while driving it to the event,” said Zwart, a seven-time Pikes Peak champion.
“Both on the street and on the mountain, this car has the heart of a lion, but the feel of a lamb – a great combination for the Porsche owner. During the first days of practice, despite my two decades of experience at Pikes Peak, I have to get used to the fact that I have all this horsepower, yet the car is quiet and feels like a passenger car at race speed. Also, with most of the mountain now paved, the extra power means that turns come up even faster than before,” said Zwart.
Zwart's history at Pikes Peak
Zwart has won his class at Pikes Peak – all in Porsche Turbo street cars – in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2002 – his 2010 win in the naturally aspirated 911 GT3 Cup, setting new class records four times. Recently, he co-drove a Porsche Cayenne with Pikes Peak veteran Paul Dallenbach at the challenging TransSyberia Rally (Moscow to Mongolia) in 2007. He also has an SCCA PRO Rally Championship (1990 with Rod Millen) and a SCORE Baja 1000 class win (2004) to his credit.
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