Victory has released photos of a prototype racing engine to be used in the upcoming Pikes Peak Hill Climb (June 28). No specs were included, but the V-Twin is obviously a tweaked version of the 60-degree mill powering the Indian Scout that beat all comers in our Bout With The Scout shootout. The Scout we tested produced 83 hp and 62.5 lb-ft of torque. This prototype engine should elevate those numbers to ensure competitiveness.
MO editors were and are in agreement that a sportier version of the Scout would be a great addition to Indian’s line-up, but considering the Twin is powering a Victory-branded/Roland Sands-built custom racer, maybe we’ll see a new sport-model in Victory’s arsenal utilizing a version of Scout’s 1133cc engine.
Known as Project 156 (a nod to the mountain’s 156 corners), Victory will compete in one of America’s most challenging events. If the team reaches the 14,000-foot finish line in record time, we might expect to see a special commemoration model from Victory celebrating the achievement.
Regardless of the win, Victory is sure to compile valuable data for use in future Victory models as well as Indian ones. In addition to the Pikes Peak event, Victory has also recently announced a new energy and direction for the brand seen in formation of an NHRA team and Isle of Man TT racing effort.
This isn’t the first time Victory and RSD have teamed up to construct a prototype racer as seen in the video below from 2011 when the two joined forces to reach 200 mph with a turbo-charged, air-cooled Victory V-Twin.