The 95th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is set to take place, but new records for electric cars are not expected. Despite it’s unlikely that electric vehicles will challenge the overall win in the ‘race to the clouds’, there are still a couple of competitors that will charge to the summit without fossil fuels.
In 2016 Rhys Millen set a new record for electric vehicles by completing the 20-kilometre course in 8:57,188. But Drive eO didn’t make to the Colorado this time, just like Nobuhiro Tajima with the Rimac Automobili built E-Runner Concept_One. The Japanese driver is believed to be occupied with other business activities. Testuya Yamano, who came just six seconds short to break the 9-minute barrier with the 4-Motor EV Concept last year, is also not present. The entrants with the older Mitsubishi MiEV Evo III and Toyota TMG EV P002 won’t compete either.
Millen does take part in the 2017 event, but with the trusted 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. When looking for electric cars you will find rookie Robin Shute who will be piloting the Faraday Future FF91.
“The hill climb on Pikes Peak serves as the ideal setting to further develop the electric propulsion system and supporting thermal systems of the FF 91”, said Nick Sampson, Senior Vice President of Research and Development. “Testing the performance of FF 91 in real-world conditions sets the bar even higher as we bring the vehicle to the market in 2018.”
Blake Fuller, who set a new Electric Vehicle Production record last year, was announced by to organisers to race with his 2016 GO PUCK Tesla Model S P90D in this year’s edition. But the pilot from Florida is missing on the latest version of the entry list.
Three electric motorcycles will challenge the mountain: Jeremiah Johnson with the 2017 University of Nottingham UoN-PP-01, Robert Barber with the 2017 Buckeye Current RW-3x and Yoshihiro Kishimoto with the USA-Japan Idaten-Zero FXS.
ElectricAutosport.com has understood that from this year onwards, the race committee made the decision to eliminate fuel/power-source specific divisions and classes like the Electric Modified and Electric Production classes. It was recorgnised that Pikes Peak is perceived as not only the proving ground for electric automotive technology, but also for all automotive technologies.
“The PPIHC is the perfect platform to display the performance capabilities of new technologies and alternative fuels. We felt the best way to showcase that is by eliminating fuel/power-source specific divisions/classes and letting them compete head-to-head against their internal combustion powered rivals and the same general rules,” Mitch Snow, Director of Promotion & Legacy, explained to ElectricAutosport.com.