This past weekend racers from around the world descended on Colorado’s famous Pikes Peak for the Race to the Clouds, a competition that has become increasingly dominated by electric vehicles. This year two big names, Rhys Millen and Monster Tajima, competed for the top spot in the electric car class, but it was Millen that ultimately came out on top with a new EV class record.
Millen, piloting the Latvian-built Drive eO electric racer, screamed his way up Pikes Peak in 9 minutes and 7.222 seconds, barely beating Tajima’s time of 9 minutes and 32 seconds. Packing over 1,300 horsepower and nearly 1,600 lb-ft of torque provided by its 50 kWh battery pack, these impressive times were the fastest on the mountain for 2015, but still over a minute shy of the overall record set by Sebastian Loeb last year. Millen did, however, have the fastest overall time this year, marking the first time an electric car has beat out all the conventional competition.
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