2015 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb
On June 28, 2015, Jonathan Frost took the Palatov D2RS up the Mountain in 10 minutes, 21 seconds to take FIRST PLACE in the 2015 PPIHC Open Class and 13th overall out of 133 competitors.
This has been a huge undertaking and many thanks are due. First, we want to express our gratitude to the organizers, officials and volunteers who make the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb happen. It is their efforts that make our part possible.
Next, we want to thank our sponsors. Our primary individual sponsor, Pete Stoppani, deserves the most credit because quite simply, without him the car would not exist. Every individual contribution to our effort is deeply appreciated.
Our commercial sponsors have been essential to our success, providing both financial and material support: ETAS, Hoosier, SolidWorks, Cantrell Motorsports, CMS Laptimer, Lancair Composites, Zukun Plan, Arcflash, Driveshaft Shop, Oregon Raceway Park, Wilwood, Ultimate3D, Portland Speed Industries, Lewis Fabrication.
And finally, we want to thank our customers who have been an integral part of the development process.
We'll be back!
2015 Palatov D2RS
D2 streetable track car platform
The first generation of D2 has seen extensive development over the last three years and has made true racecar performance accessible to regular trackday drivers.
Ultimate road car
The D2 survival cell consists of a triangulated space frame with fully braced rollover protection. The frame is constructed of aircraft grade 4130 chromoly seamless steel tubing and complies with racing regulations for cars weighing up to 3 times as much. For Pikes Peak only two extra rollcage tubes had to be added to comply with specific regulations.
Outside the survival cell, components have been designed to provide progressively collapsible crush structures. The driver's feet are entirely behind the front wheels and suspension, and the car has generous crush zones front, rear, and on the sides.
Engine: GM LSA 6.2L V8 E-Rod, 550+ hp
Gearbox: Quaife sequential
Construction: TIG Welded chromoly tube frame
Wheels: 17x8F / 18x10.5R
Tires: 235/40-17F / 315/30-18R
Jonathan Frost is a talented and experienced driver who has been a key part of our test and development program over the past several years. His input has helped refine the D2 chassis to its current high level of development. Jonathan is very familiar with the car and has both the skill and the experience to make use of its full capabilities.
Test and Development Program
The final phases of the test and development program were conducted at the actual Pikes Peak course.
To supplement the physical testing, Palatov Motorsport is using a number of advanced computer simulation tools including CFD from SolidWorks Flow Simulation for aerodynamics development. The virtual analysis is backed up by full data acquisition including GPS, force and operational parameter logging courtesy of CMS Lap Timer and Arcflash as well as engine performance analysis tools from ETAS.
Individual Sponsors - Over $300
Mies van Grunsven
Anna and Mark Bridavsky