Check out Monster Tajima testing his electric race car around the track and talking about why he made the switch from combustion to electric vehicles.
Monster Tajima is returning to Pikes Peak in 2014 for another shot at electric vehicle dominance in America’s second-oldest motorsports race.
Pikes Peak 2013 saw electric race cars come from every corner of the world to converge on a Colorado mountain top chasing what was once thought to be an impossible dream. This video features nearly 20 minutes of electric vehicles racing to the top of the mountain top, and if you love EVs and racing as much as me, you’ll want to get a coffee and sit down for this one.
Not only did the EV class get a new record thanks to Monster Tajima, but Lightning Motorcycles beat out all the gas-powered competition with an all-electric bike. The results speak for themselves.
America’s oldest and (arguably) most-exciting race took place again this past weekend, and the 2013 Pike’s Peak International Hillclimb did not disappoint. Sure, there are sections of the road that are paved now, but that alone doesn’t explain the quantum leap of performance than seems to have occurred between 2012 and 2013. Before we get to the EVs, we need to take a moment and reflect on a single number: 8:13.878.
This weekend was one for the record books at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and the big news was Sebastien Loeb’s 8-minute, 13-second in the Unlimited Class in a modified Peugeot 208 T16 run that beat the previous record by more than a minute and a half. Electric cars had their time in the spotlight too, and veteran racer Monster Tajima set a new EV class record, beating out the likes of Nissan and Toyota to become the fastest EV on the peak.
This weekend’s running of the Pike’s Peak International Hillclimb was one of the most exciting events in motorsports history, with that rare sort of “quantum leap” forward in performance that you usually see in a decade – except it happened in a year. We’ll be covering Monster Tajima‘s new EV record and Sebastian Loeb’s epic 8:13 record run on their own, but – until then – here are ALL the 2013 Pike’s Peak race results, in overall and “in-class” order of position.
While major automakers have invested literally billions of dollars into developing competitive mass-production electric vehicles, tire maker Yokohama has made its own EV investments. The Yokohama HER-02 has been competing for five years now, and this year the electric racer will be joined by a host of other EV competitors vying to be numero uno.
Check out this video of Monster Tajima’s all-electric Pikes Peak racer testing for the big race later this month.
Last year the electric racing world was disappointed when elderly Japanese race car driver “Monster” Taijima had to end his Pikes Peak run early after his EV suffered an on-board fire. But Taijima is back with an upgraded version of his electric race car for another shot at the Pikes Peak EV record.
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”.
It has been a rough few years for Japanese automaker Mitsubishi, especially in regards to their cheap electric vehicle, the i-MiEV. But Mitsubishi hasn’t given up yet, and they are determined to prove how awesome EVs can be, which is why they’re returning to Pikes Peak with two dedicated electric race cars to challenge Toyota for racing supremacy.
Motorsports teams the world over are seriously looking at pure electric and hybrid drivetrains as the future of racing, but few teams have been as bold as Drive-eO. Earlier this year their Dakar Rally hybrid truck became the first hybrid to complete the treacherous race, and now the Latvian team is building an all-electric race car for competing in the Pikes Peak hill climb.
I’m not sure when it happened or why, but the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has become a magnet for alternative fuel race cars, especially electric vehicles. Last year the Toyota P002 electric race car set a new class record for EVs, and was just 30 seconds behind the all-time record set by Rhys Millen. Well Toyota is returning for 2013 with a refreshed race car to finish the job.
If you’re going to race, you may as well race with the best. Electric motorcycle company Amarok is entering Pikes Peak, the uber-challenging hill climb, for the first time. To help them get the best possible run up the hill, they’ve enlisted 6 time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion Greg Tracy. The Canadian builder is running Agni motors, a controversial choice. This video discusses the development of the project.
There is one event that us green gearheads get more excited for than any other, and that is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This uphill racing event has a long and thrilling history. More importantly though, it has become a hotbed of green racing technology, with electric vehicles proving especially popular. This year, Rod Millen and “Monster” Tajima will be facing off in two custom EV racers to see who can race to the top of the mountain in the least amount of time.
Pikes Peak has always attracted adventurers, whether they be mountain climbers or race car drivers. Ten years ago, Elias Anderson and Anthony Applewhite floated the idea of building a Pikes Peak electric race car. Such a vehicle takes time and money, and it wasn’t until this year that they brought their concept to life. It was a made scramble to build a complete electric race car in just a few months, but they brought the HCE Lightning to the Peak, beating out professional race outfits and conversion shops on their way to a 3rd place finish in the EV class.
One of my favorite EV conversion shops to follow has been EV West…mostly because they took a BMW, gutted it, and turned it into an electric race car. Their car competed, and performed well, in the annual Pikes Peak hillclimb, and while the race has been over for weeks, EV West JUST released this 12-minute video of electric performance car awesomesauce for our mutual enjoyment.
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 octogenarian loved every minute of it.
The 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has come to an end. Records have been broken, and EVs turned in an electrifying performance. Among the contenders “Monster” Tajima, a 62-year old Japanese racer who sought to conquer the Peak in his custom made electric race car, and now we have video from one of his practice runs.