Electric Racers Finish 2nd and 3rd At Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Rhys Millen, last year’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb winner, bettered his own electric modified division record yesterday during this year’s competition.

Racing the four-wheel drive 1,368 horsepower Drive eO PP1100 electric prototype car, he set a time of 8:57,118, which was nearly 10 seconds faster than last year, and another electric race car record.

Despite a faster time, Millen finished second in the overall standings as Romain Dumas completed the 12.42-mile course in a little more than six seconds faster.

Dumas drove the gasoline fueled Honda-powered Norma M20 RD Limited uphill by setting better times in the first three sectors.

“We came here with three objectives: to break the division record, put the car under the 9-minute bar and win the overall event. Millen said after the race. ”The latter went to Romain and I want to congratulate him for that. We’ll be doing our homework and we’ll be back next year,” he added.

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Third place was nabbed by the Acura NSX-inspired 4-Motor Acura EV Concept, driven by Tetsuya Yamano

Speaking of the NSX, a slightly modified version of the 3-electric motor production model negotiated the course in a time of 10:28.820 to win the Time Attack 2 Class.

Not to be left out, a Tesla Model S with a smaller battery pack driven by Blake Fuller claimed a new record for a production vehicle with an 11:48 run.

This year’s “Race to the Clouds” has become more challenging thanks to the completion of the fully-paved road surface to the summit.

Drivers now race up the mountain at higher speeds, which allows for a smaller margin of error as they approach blind corners that rarely have guard rails.


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