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Video: Yokohama HER-02 EV Returns To Pikes Peak

June 19th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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

Monster Taijima’s E-Runner Unveiled For 2013 Pikes Peak

June 12th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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

Mitsubishi Returning To Pikes Peak With Two EV Racers

May 17th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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

Dakar Hybrid Rally Team Building All-Electric Pikes Peak Racer

May 8th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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

Upgraded Toyota P002 EV Returning To Pikes Peak

May 7th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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

Amarok Racing Announces 2013 Pikes Peak Rider

April 11th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

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

Rod Millen, Monster Tajima To Face Off In EVs At Pikes Peak

February 13th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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.

One Racer's Long Road To Building A Pikes Peak EV Racer

October 9th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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

Video: Watch The EV West BMW M3 EV Race All The Way Up Pikes Peak

September 25th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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

Video: Monster Tajima Flogs The Tesla Model S, Loves It

September 17th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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

Video: On Board Monster Tajima’s All-Electric Pikes Peak Run

August 15th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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

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