The 100th anniversary and 94th running of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, will present a strong field of approximately 100 competitors that includes past champions and record holders with impressive credentials. Five of them compete in the electric division, battling for the overall victory.
The Race to the Clouds will be staged on Sunday June 26 and fans will have their eyes on an ultra-competitive Electric Modified field once again; headlined by Hill Climb legends Rhys Millen and Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima in a rematch of last year’s battle for King of the Mountain where Millen set an Electric Modified record with a time of 9:07.222, besting Tajima’s run of 9:32.401.
Millen will return driving for Latvia’s Drive eO in his 21st appearance in the Race to the Clouds, which began with Rookie of the Year honors in 1992 when he captured the title in the Pikes Peak Open Division. Rhys, son of PPIHC dirt course record holder Rod Millen, has claimed two King of the Mountain titles, one overall course record and ten class victories, in addition to last year’s historic electric powered overall victory.
Tajima looks to reclaim the title of King of the Mountain for the eighth time in his radical Tajima Motor Corporation E-RUNNER that has been built in collaboration with Rimac Automobili from Croatia. Tajima cemented himself in Race to the Clouds history in 2011 by becoming the first competitor in the history of the race to break the 10-minute barrier with a run of 9:51.27 and is the owner of ten of the 100 fastest times in a century of PPIHC competition.
The remaining competitors are American Rick Knoop with the 2015 Entropy Racing EVSR and Japanese drivers Fumio Natahara and Tetsuya Yamano. The latter will compete with a 2016 Honda 4-Motor EV Concept. Natahara has yet to announce his vehicle.