By on May 16, 2013


The annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is quickly turning into a Nurburgring equivalent when it comes to bragging rights of electric vehicle makers. The venue is perfect for EVs:  The track is 12.42 miles long, as cinch even for the most range-challenged EV.  The track finishes at 14,110 ft, a height that deprives ICE-powered cars of oxygen and some 40 percent of their power. An EV just laughs at the breathless engines. I learn all those trivia today in Mitsubishi’s showroom in Tamachi, Tokyo. A descendant on Mitsubishi’s iMiev will be part of the electrified hill climb.IMG_4812

The last year’s winner was the Toyota TMG EV P002. It will defend its title.  Across town in Tokyo, Mitsubishi fields its MiEV Evolution II all-electric racer.  The sport appears to be one for mature men. Mitsubishi-driver and two-time Dakar Rally overall champion Hiroshi Masuoka is a relative youngster at age 53. Toyota’s driver Rod Millen is 61. Pikes Peak legend Monster Tajima, himself 63, won’t return in an EV, but will arrive with a 670hp hachi-roku.

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4 Comments on “Charge! Electric Racers Attack Pikes Peak...”

  • avatar

    Electric cars accelerate faster than ICE cars. No turbos, no superchargers, JUST PURE TORQUE.

    Problem is, their discharge rate is usually never high enough to compensate for their shortage of gears and their MASSIVE curb weight so they end up running out of steam and not having very high top speeds. The way I see it, Tesla needs to make a VEYRON KILLER (so my shares increase in value!).

    • 0 avatar

      Well, your shares have doubled or more if you’ve held them for any length of time, so I don’t know if you have anything to complain about.

      That being said, I’m pretty sure a successful Model X introduction will do the stock a lot more good than a Veyron killer. I believe the Veyron was a massive dead loss for VW, being done for prestige, not bucks.


    • 0 avatar

      “Electric cars accelerate faster than ICE cars.”

      What an absurd statement. Which electric cars accelerate faster than which ICE cars?

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    schmitt trigger

    The competition will be electrifying, and sparks will certainly fly.

    Sorry…bad coffee today.

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