The 93rd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday June 28 might go into the history books of the first edition won by a battery electric race car. Two race monsters are tipped to take the overall victory, but the pressure is high.
Mitsubishi, absent for this year’s event, impressed by becoming second and third in 2014 and missed win by just a few seconds. They were followed by multiple champion Nobuhiro Tajima. For this year, the Japanese driver teamed up with Rimac Automobili and they’ve built a 1,1 MW (1,475 HP) powerful vehicle does 0-100 km/h in 2,2 seconds and sprints from standstill to 200 km/h in 5,4 seconds. (vehicle details)
The twenty-kilometre road to the summit of Pikes Peak ends up at 4,301 m above sea level. Petrol engines have oxygen starvation problem at that altitude – the power of the engine decreases over 40 percent. However, electric motors don’t use oxygen, so Tajima and his rivals will have the full power of all four electric motors available from start until the finish line.
Tajima will be challenged by electric rival Drive eO with its PP03 from Latvia. After two attempts, they’ve boosted their vehicle to an impressive 1 megawatt and will be piloted by former winner and record holder Rhys Millen. The PP03 is powered by six YASA-400 motors with in-house developed eO controllers. The 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, 2160 Nm (1593 lb-ft) of peak torque, a top speed of 260 km/h and a kerb weight of just 1150 kg are some other stunning specifications. (photos: first look)
Entropy Racing enters three EVSRs, piloted by Rick Knoop, Charles Turano and Tim O’Neil. The American outfit wants to showcase that electric racing can be affordable.
The Production division will feature two entries. Ryan Millan, the brother of Rhys Millen, will ‘race to the clouds’ for the very first time. He enters a Toyota RAV4 EV and competes against Mike Tsay, another rookie, who’s driving a Honda Fit EV uphill.
An extraordinary entry comes from Honda. Tetsuya Yamano races the ‘Honda Electric SH-AWD with Precision All-Wheel Steer’ in the exhibition class. Details are scarce, but the CR-Z racer would feature a full electric powertrain.
Entry list of the 93rd running of the Pikes Peak Internationall Hill Climb:
|Name||Division||Country||Make & model|
|Rick Knoop||Electric Modified||USA||Entropy Racing EVSR|
|Charles Turano||Electric Modified||USA||Entropy Racing EVSR|
|Tim O’Neil||Electric Modified||USA||Entorphy Racing EVSR|
|Nobuhiro Tajima||Electric Modified||Japan||Tajima Motor E-Runner Concept 1|
|Rhys Millen||Electric Modified||Latvia||eO PP03|
|Ryan Millen||Electric Production||USA||Toyota RAV4 EV|
|Mike Tsay||Electric Produciton||USA||Honda Fit EV|
|Tetsuya Yamano||Exhibition||Japan||Honda Electric SH-AWD|