Video: Nearly 20 Minutes Of EV Racing At Pikes Peak

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.

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Lightning Motorcycles Beats Out Gas-Powered Competitors At Pikes Peak

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.

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Monster Tajima Sets New EV Record At Pikes Peak

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.

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Video: Yokohama HER-02 EV Returns To Pikes Peak

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.

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

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.

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Mitsubishi Returning To Pikes Peak With Two EV Racers

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.

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Dakar Hybrid Rally Team Building All-Electric Pikes Peak Racer

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.

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Upgraded Toyota P002 EV Returning To Pikes Peak

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.

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