Honda Odyssey to Climb Pike’s Peak

You have never seen a tricked out minivan like this heavily-modified Honda Odyssey with 535 horsepower that is headed to the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb to take place on June 30 in Colorado.

According to this article, “The race-bound minivan is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that uses a large Garrett turbocharger to churn out 535 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque, a considerable bump over the regular-production Odyssey’s 248 ponies and 250 lb-ft. of twist.  The mill is linked to a six-speed transmission and an Acura-sourced limited-slip differential, while Brembo brakes hidden behind 19-inch BBS alloy wheels make sure the van can stop as well as it goes.”

Whoa. Now that is a minivan that I could probably convince my husband to drive. Even if the built-in vacuum has been replaced with a roll cage and the 16 inch television with a five-point harness.

Actually, that’d be even more reason for him to want to drive it.

“[Pikes Peak] is something I’m really looking forward to,” said Pagenaud. “I’ve done a little bit of rallying in France, and I used to watch highlights of the Pikes Peak race on television as a kid. Our entry will be unique, to say the least! A Honda Odyssey with power similar to an IndyCar will raise some eyebrows for sure!

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