Over the weekend, electric motorcycles continued their dominance of America’s favorite hill climb at Pikes Peak in Colorado. Jeff Clark, riding a 2013 Zero FX, became the first person to break the 12-minute barrier on a production electric motorcycle, taking electric two-wheelers to the next level of competition.
Clark’s dominance was especially evident in Section 1, which he completed in 2:06, beating out the rest of the competition but especially leaving the gas-powered competitors in his figurative and literal dust.
“We’ve shown that it won’t be long before the top riders in all classes at Pikes Peak will be on electric,” said Harlan Flagg, Founder of Hollywood Electrics. “There is no faster bike off-the-line than an electric motorcycle. We’re really excited to prove our tuning abilities on Zero Motorcycles up the mountain, besting all the prototype bikes and the talented engineers behind those.”
Indeed, it isn’t just electric motorcycles that are climbing to the top of the Peak. Mitsubishi’s pair of electric race cars took the #2 and #3 spot this year, as their electric drivetrains don’t struggle for air the same way combustion engines do. As it turns out, electric motors aren’t just better for the environment, they’re better for racing too.
That’s called a win-win situation.