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.
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.