According to reports from race organizers, this year’s Pike’s Peak International Hillclimb will feature seven fully-electric racers – with a few of those vying to take top honors against the Hillclimb’s famous “Unlimited Class”.
Of course, we already knew that the mountain’s real heavy hitters, “the Monster” Tajima and the great Rod Millen, will be driving electrics this year. Still, it’s good to hear that there are other drivers looking to take advantages of the EVs’ massive, low-end torque and the fact that the electric motors, unlike their gasoline-driven counterparts, won’t lose a few hundred horsepower as they reach altitude. In addition to these seven electric cars, at least one racer is also planning to run a hybrid: the Honda CRZ piloted by American Sage Marie, a Hillclimb rookie.
We’ll post more news about the 2013 running of the Pike’s Peak International Hillclimb (scheduled for June 30th) as it becomes available. Stay tuned!