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

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.

Racing On Electrons

Why just the practice run, and not the actual race? Well unfortunately for Tajima, his custom electric racer wound up developing technical troubles just a mile into the actual race. So despite performing admirably in the practice runs, as the video below shows, Tajima was ultimately slapped with a DNF. Instead, it would be Toyota’s P002 EV race car that would win the day, and set a new electric race car record.

But that didn’t stop me from enjoying this all-too-brief video from on board Tajima’s race car. The futuristic sound of an electric race car accelerating is really something else, and it can be hard to grasp just how crazy drivers like Tajima have to be in order to tackle this treacherous race. Those are sheer cliffs without guardrails they are racing around, often at speeds near or above 100 mph.

Tajima has pledged to return to the peak in his electric race car, and his car can only get faster. For now, enjoy the sweet symphony of electric racing.


Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.