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EVs take first and second places at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Rhys Millen - 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Once again, EVs made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as driver Rhys Millen became the first to win the grueling challenge in an electric racer, with a time of 9:07.222, a new record for EVs. Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima took second place in the Rimac E-Runner, with 9.32.401 (bad weather forced race officials to shorten the course from 12 miles to 6 miles).

The winning car, the eO PP03, built by Latvian team Drive eO, features a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and six YASA-400 electric motors with eO-developed controllers. Total power is 1,020 kW (1,367 hp).   The first-place finish is all the more amazing, as the AWD malfunctioned during the race, leaving only one axle with power.

Second place was taken by Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, driving a 1+ megawatt electric racer built by Croatian startup Rimac Automobili specifically for Pikes Peak. The motors and controls, battery systems, transmission and other powertrain-related systems were developed and manufactured by Rimac, in cooperation with Tajima Motor Corporation.

A recent video shows Rimac’s monster EV being tested on a dynamometer, and screaming through one megawatt (1,341 hp) of power.

Several other electric cars and motorcycles entered the field. The next fastest EV was a custom electric motorcycle called Mirai, built by a Japanese team and ridden by Yoshihiro Kishimoto. A time of 10:58.861 earned 29th place.

Lightning Motorcycles, which beat everything else on two wheels in the 2013 race, made a respectable showing, equaling its 2013 time of 10:00.694 with a prototype Lightning LS-218 ridden by Carlin Dunne.

Buckeye Current, a team from Ohio State University, finished at #32. Other electric contenders included three bikes by Zero Motorcycles and a pair of cars built by Entropy Racing.


Source: AutoblogGreen, The Long Tailpipe

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