As last year’s winner Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima predicted: electric vehicles could be soon dominating the most important Hill Climb competition. At Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, the 92nd running of this famous ‘race to the clouds’ event has seen participants with electric vehicles among the fastest this edition.
Only Romain Dumas with the Norma M20 RD Limited was quicker than the two electric Mitsubishi’s and Tajima in qualifying. The Japanese manufacturer will be charging for the win in the electric division, but now also eyes an overall victory. Drivers Greg Tracy and Hiroshi Masuoka will start second and third with both a MiEV Evolution III vehicle. Tajima has qualified fourth and has closed the gap to his main rivals during the practice and qualifying sessions.
Ikuo Hanawa racing the Summit HER-02 starts 31st and out qualified Janis Horeliks with the modified Tesla Roadster 360 kW. The Latvian outfit starts 39th.
In the electric production class Roy Richards proved to be faster with his Honda Fit-EV than Steve Wickham driving the Toyota Rav4 EV.
|1||Romain Dumas||Unlimited Division (ICE)||Norma M20 RD Limited|
|2||Greg Tracy||Electric Modified||MiEV Evolution III|
|3||Hiroshi Masuoka||Electric Modified||MiEV Evolution III|
|4||Nobuhiro Tajima||Electric Modified||E-RUNNER Pikes Peak Special|
|31||Ikuo Hanawa||Electric Modified||Summit HER-02|
|39||Janis Horeliks||Electric Modified||Tesla Roadster 360|
|51||Roy Richards||Electric Production||Honda Fit-EV|
|58||Steve Wickham||Electric Production||Toyota Rav4 EV|