Five Electric Cars Race at Pikes Peak
We’re happy to report that five electric cars race at Pikes Peak this weekend, June 26th, 2016. The official report, taken from Pikes Peak’s site, lists the five electric cars as a 2016 Tesla Model S P90D, 2016 4-Motor EV Concept, 2016 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, 2016 eO PP100 and an 015 Entropy Racing EVSR. Two Acura NSX’s are also registered and it is heavily rumored by several EV news sources that these Acuras are either all electric or hybrid.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Pikes Peak mountain hosts 5.9 million visitors every year. This sets it apart as the No. 1 tourist attraction in the State of Colorado. It is also the second most visited mountain in the world.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began in 1916 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The track is 12.42mi long and has over 156 turns. At Mile 7 the grades become steeper, quickly going from 4,720 ft to 14,110 ft. As of 2011, the track is fully paved from start to finish. There is a yearly average of 130 competitors. Among these competitors are cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads. New competitors and race guidelines are tested out regularly.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), in order to honor electric vehicles and their place in our future, has created two new divisions; the Electric Modified Class and the Electric Production Class. The Electric Modified Class was created to “feature the cutting edge of electric technology as it applies to racing” and the Electric Production Class was implemented to “feature mass-produced EVs that are readily available to the public”. PPIHC sites that very few modifications are allowed in this category.
Rimac and Monster Team Up Again
Rimac and Monster first teamed up in 2015 and placed an impressive 2nd place in the Pikes Peak race. This year they are teaming up again, eager to implement their newly refined EV technology. We look forward to posting the results of the race, as they strive for gold.
Update June 27, 2016:
The Sunday race at Pikes Peak was a day of mixed feelings for EV enthusiasts. While 3 out of the top 5 cars were electric, a gas powered vehicle took the top spot. Rimac placed 5th in overall scoring.