April 20, 2015 – Austin, TX – Four-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb racer, Doug Siddens, will make his fifth bid up the hill in 2016. Doug was the first driver to pilot a Side by Side machine in the famed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race. This attempt will find him piloting the all-new Can-Am Maverick X ds Turbo, the first factory turbocharged Side by Side to be offered in the UTV market.
Siddens has a long history with the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Back in 2010 he was the first person to pilot a UTV up the 156 turns that make up the race course. In subsequent years, he went from a moderately modified machine, to a heavily modified race car, picking up records and many accolades along the way. In his 2012 appearance, he managed to pick up the title of Fastest Qualifier in the Exhibition Powersport Class. That year he ended up running 9th overall, which is no small feat considering he was racing against the best drivers, and the best teams with considerable big-name backing from all over the world.
The next year, 2013, he stepped into the Unlimited Class with the likes of the Red Bull team and the team surrounding the record-breaking Peugot 208 T16 car. 2013 saw Siddens sitting in the penultimate iteration of his race car featuring a hand-lain carbon fiber body and a turbo-charged 300+ bhp powerplant. He was recognized, along with a handful of other drivers, as a Top Driver by the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Commission at the PPIHC Museum.
He will be back in action in 2016 on the hill with a new set of challenges ahead of him in an all-new machine. The Can-Am Maverick X ds Turbo will act as the starting point for this, his 5th attack on the hill. He has begun work on the stock machine from Can-Am to turn it into a vehicle capable of conquering not only the hill, but his pervious accomplishments on the face of the mountain. The new machine will be supported by his current sponsors, Can-Am, MCX-USA, Racer Tech, KC Truck & Performance, and HMF Exhausts.
Siddens will be chronicling his journey through the process of building, testing, and ultimately racing the Maverick X ds Turbo on Maverick Forums via a build thread, so be sure to follow the progress there.
About the Sponsors:
Can-Am ATVs and side-by-side vehicles are the embodiment of BRP’s ability to redefine any market it takes on.
The Can-Am Maverick X ds Turbo side-by-side vehicle boasts industry-leading power with the new 121-hp Rotax 1000R turbocharged option, providing 10% more horsepower and almost 40% more torque than the closest competitor. It also features a completely new rear end providing a longer, 88-in (223.5-cm) wheelbase, a redesigned TTA rear suspension now featuring 16 in(40.6 cm) of travel and Can-Am exclusive high performance Fox shocks to provide capability, comfort and adjustability. This model soaks up terrain and remains nimble. It is tailored to fit riders and their riding style with its premium rider-focused cockpit and ergonomically positioned controls and adjustments.
MCX-USA has been a sponsor of Doug’s Pikes Peak efforts since the beginning back in 2010. Over the years MCX-USA has been the pioneer in Side by Side performance and has helped Doug create some of the most powerful and fastest vehicles on the Peak. 2016 will be no different as MCX-USA looks to push Doug’s Maverick Turbo to another level!
MCX-USA and MC Xpress of Sweden are working together to bring the highest quality, largest selection and most reliable turbo and performance products to the UTV market. Since the release of their first UTV turbo system in 2007 they have expanded their product offering to cover every performance UTV on the market. MCX-USA is now located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, just a few hours from some of the world’s best UTV riding locations. Their 2800 square foot shop is ready for any installation or performance work that needs done.
More info on the Maverick kits if we want to add anything about that: MCX-USA Can Am Maverick 1000 Turbo
Racer Tech has been around since the beginning of the UTV industry. In 2006, Racer Tech started as a side project of Spectrum Fabrication Inc. owned by Andrew Prins. Spectrum’s roots are firmly planted in off-road racing with extensive experience in suspension design for off-road race cars, long ravel sand rails, drag racing and road racing. With a broad list of talents and experience Racer Tech was a perfect fit for this project. Prins said, "I’ve been waiting for the day I can merge my road racing experience with my passion for UTV’s. I’m planning to put a lot of energy in to this project. Pikes Peak is one of the pinnacle races in this country and we’re proud to partner with this team and have every intention of breaking records."
Racer Tech is located in Holland, MI and specializes in chassis and suspension products for the most popular UTV’s. With and emphasis on American made quality products, Racer Tech has become a staple in the industry providing suspension kits, OEM spring replacements, roll cages, bumpers and more. For more information see RacerTech.com – High Performance UTV Parts for Racers and Hard-Core Enthusiasts
KC Truck and Performance:
Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, KC Truck & Performance has been the go-to shop for Doug during race week. The owner, Kevin Colwell, has been instrumental in Doug’s success over the past several years. Kevin’s fabrication and mechanic skills have helped sculpt Doug’s race cars into what they are today. If you can dream it, Kevin can build it!
For more information see: KC Truck & Performance
HMF has been developing after market exhaust systems for nearly two decades. Whether your machine is built for dirt or pavement, their exhaust systems substantially increase the horse power and torque on your machine while adding an incredibly aggressive sound.
As the industry leader in customizable parts and colors, HMF Engineering, Inc. develops the highest performance exhaust systems in a variety of different series. Each series has it’s own unique attributes that makes it different from the others. HMF Engineering manufactures after market exhaust systems for Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Can-Am, KTM, Polaris, Arctic Cat, and Cannondale ATV’s (All terrain vehicles) and Dirt Bikes as well as Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki Street Bikes. Each specific after market exhaust system is dependent on the type of rider you are. For more information see: HMF Exhausts
The Internet’s largest Can-Am Maverick Forum! – MaverickForums.net strives to be the number one resource for Can-am’s entire "true" sport line up of side x side vehicles. They aim to be a friendly, educational community with discussions dedicated to the Can-am Maverick 1000R, Can-am Maverick 1000XRS, Can-am Maverick 1000R Max, and the Maverick X ds Turbo. It is the premier community for Can-Am Maverick discussion and camaraderie.