Warm-Up Lap: Ride Along with Monster Tajima at Pikes Peak

Last weekend Rhys Millen had the fastest overall time at the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, crushing the 12.42 mile course in just over 9 minutes. That was fast enough to set a new record for EVs, and beat another veteran racer, Monster Tajima, who had teamed up with Rimac Automobili to build a newer, faster electric hill climb racer.

While Tajima ultimately came in a close second to Millen, his pace was still blisteringly fast, beating out many combustion-powered competitors with silent dignity. Having become an outspoken proponent of electric vehicles, especially when it comes to motorsports, the 65-year old veteran racer has seen the future, and is totally on-board with it.

So sit back and watch as a guy old enough to be your grandpa absolutely crushes on of the planet’s most challenging races. Sure, he didn’t win…but he did go a helluva lot faster than you or I could have done.

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.