Pikes Peak racing legend Monster Tajima didn’t have any luck at this year’s contest, his all-electric hillclimber breaking down after only about a mile. Yet that has not deterred the 62-year old rally driver from his love of electric vehicles. Tesla Motors recently put him behind the wheel of its Model S sedan, and sexagenarian loved every minute of it.
NobuhiroTajima, who has been racing for over 40 years and has won nine races at Pikes Peak feels that “A new era of mobility has arrived.” He is referring to electric vehicles, which Tajima seems particulary fond of. Tesla Motors seems to be at the top of his list as far as electric vehicles go though.
The look on Tajima’s face as he takes the Tesla Model S out for a drive is priceless, and he called the car “exciting” and “well tuned and balanced.” That’s a ringing endorsement from a seasoned driver like Tajima, though he isn’t alone in submitting to the allure of electric vehicles.
Rough-riding Bill Caswell took EV West’s all-electric Pikes Peak-racing BMW M3 out for a spin, and he also came away impressed with the performance of electric motors. Still, all the favorable impressions in the world have yet to translate into steady EV sales. Maybe it’s because automakers like Nissan aren’t building the kind of electric vehicles people want.
Then again, even Tajima admits that he doesn’t think another car like the Tesla Model S will be made available soon. Yet he seems genuinely concerned about global warming, and hopes electric vehicles will have an impact on reducing global emissions.
I hope you enjoy the video of this old Japanese man flogging the hell out of a modern engineering feat as much as I did.