Imagine driving leisurely through the mountains of New Hampshire on a 7.6-mile, tree-lined road made of mixed gravel and pavement and punctuated with random drop-offs. Now, imagine racing up the same mountain road, sliding around corners and hugging cliffs, faster than anyone else in the 107-year history of Mt. Washington’s Climb to the Clouds.

On Sunday, June 26, 2011,  Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins needed only six minutes and 11.54 seconds to finish the famed Mt. Washington Hillclimb — nearly 30 seconds faster than Frank Sprongl’s previous record from 1998.  Higgins also beat the unofficial record of 6:20.47 set by Travis Pastrana last year.  Higgins did it sans co-driver in his Vermont SportsCar-prepped Subaru WRX STi rally car equipped with BFGoodrich RC01 Rally tires.

Below is a link to a video that captured Higgins’ record-breaking run, featuring action shots from inside and outside of the car, as well as commentary from the man himself.

This past September, all-around motorsport madman Travis Pastrana conquered the famed Mt. Washington road in record time in a Vermont SportsCar-prepared Subaru on BFGoodrich g-Force Rally tires. The event was filmed for the “Red Bull Speed Chasers” project, and his time of 6 minutes and 20.47 seconds was a historic record-breaking Climb to the Clouds that will be aired on NBC’s World of Adventure Sports broadcast (it aired this past weekend, but check for re-airs).

In honor of this amazing accomplishment and the upcoming NBC broadcast, BFGoodrich Tires has announced that it will offer race fans and Off-Road.com visitors a chance to win a piece of automotive history – an actual wheel and tire bolted onto the Subaru for Travis’ record-breaking feat signed by Travis.

Traveling at an average speed of nearly 72 miles per hour in a Vermont SportsCar, Travis Pastrana took his BFGoodrich Tires-shod 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car on the 149-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road. Four-time Rally America National Champion Pastrana made sure the project name, Red Bull Speed Chasers, lived up to its name. He reached the summit faster than anyone else in history by clocking an officially timed run of 6 minutes 20.47 seconds, besting the previous record by more than 20 seconds.

Pastrana posted the great time on his first-ever high-speed run to the summit. The 7.6-mile-long Mt. Washington Auto Road is a serious challenge for racers, with the partially paved, partially gravel road is lined with trees and dangerous drop-offs. There are more than 100 turns on the road that climbs to a 6,288 foot summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak. Pastrana posted the time a year before the legendary Mt. Washington “Climb to the Clouds” Automobile Hillclimb will return after a 10-year hiatus on June 22-26, 201,1 as part of the 150th anniversary of the Mt. Washington Auto Road..