EVs Set New Pikes Peak Division Record, Finish 2nd Overall – Video

JUN 27 2016 BY MARK KANE 9

The 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brings mixed feelings for EV enthusiasts.

On the positive side we have new EV time record of 8:57.118 (first time ever below 9-minutes) set by the  eO PP100 driven by Rhys Millen, and two EVs on the podium overall – the eO PP100 and Acura EV Concept.


Sadly the PPIHC win went to a conventional race car this year, which was few seconds quicker – Romain Dumas set the standard in a 2016 Norma M20 RD Limited, completing the race in 8:51.445.


In 2015 EVs were able to win, but this year, fell just over 5 seconds short.

Bonus:  Catch Rhys Millen’s impressive run below, as well as full race results and some bonus footage.

Best electric cars:

  1. eO PP100 – Rhys Millen – 8:57.118
  2. Acura EV Concept – Tetsuya Yamano – 9:06.015
  3. Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One – Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima – 9:51.978

Race-ready Tesla Model S set a new production electric car record: 11:48.

Best electric motorcycles:

Also on the two-wheeler side, EVs wern’t able to repeat the victory of 2013 either (Lightning Motorcycles in 2013 completed in 10:00.694).

Don Canet on the Victory Empulse RR was however the second fastest among motorcycles with  10:17.813. Nearly two seconds ahead of conventional Victory bike.

Three more bikes were Zero FX:

  • Yoshihiro Kishimoto – 11:10.480 (#12 overall)
  • Mark Miller (R) – 11:20.448 (#14 overall)
  • Marcel Irnie (R) – 11:31.326 (#22 overall)

Rhys Millen breaks the 9 min barrier with a 8:57.118 in eO PP100:

Before the race bonus:

Full Race Results (click to enlarge):

2016 Pikes Peak Race Results (click to enlarge)

2016 Pikes Peak Race Results (click to enlarge)

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9 Comments on "EVs Set New Pikes Peak Division Record, Finish 2nd Overall – Video"

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It’s great to see EVs realistically competing in certain racing events.

Have to say though this year was a little disappointing. First the Isle of Man TT Zero and now Pikes Peak.

Tesla S is very disappointing. It’s 17 seconds slower than slowest Zero FX! I hope they do better in the future.

OTOH, huge congrats to ebikes, Victory and Zero. Not the best showing, but those are some fine times. The riders must’ve had a grand ole time.

The Honda Fit which held the previous record was a prototype, and I think those used the Toshiba SCiB Lithium Titanate batteries which have low energy density but incredible power density, they can also charge really fast. I would imagine that the Honda could go up the hill the whole way and you’d only worry about the motor temperature. In another interview Blake Fuller also explained that he needed to go about delivering power sparsly as to not overheat the car which would result in a even slower run. The weight of the Tesla being one of the largest issues. As cool as the roll cage is, they didn’t tackle the 100kW motors or cooling. The standard Model S RWD motor is just 80kW nominal, but they briefly allow overloading it by a factor of 3. As you can imagine, that isn’t something you can keep up for 12 miles. Even the P90D motor is something in the order of 140kW nominal. Had they given this Tesla a battery pack built out of Samsung 18650 25R cells, they’d have gotten 7100×2,5Ahx3,7Volt = 65kWh of battery that is good for upto 8C continuous and 20C for upto 6 seconds. Imagine that,… Read more »

I’m talking about ebikes in this context, without liquid cooled batteries vs Tesla that has liquid cooling _and_ was pre-cooled with ice packs. Also, Tesla S shed some 800 lb from stock, not sure if such thing was done with Zero FX. One thing that is clear is that ebikes and the riders did a fantastic job.

Yeah, maybe they should have used a Chevy Spark?!

He had moments where his car straightened out at the hairpin and he lost valuable time and momentum. Still, very committed on his run, the last 2 minutes this was clearly visible where the course has gotten considerably worse compared to past year.

Somewhere about halfway the car also developed a sort of floppy sound addition, something must have let go.

They’ve been driving mostly circuit racers up the mountain over the past years since it was paved. But as bumpy as the top section is they might want something a bit softer, a bit more rally car. Any current gen rally car will just eat up those bumps and spit them out, circuit racers, not so much.

I miss the unpaved sections. 🙁

It would seem that, unless the Tesla was already overheated prior to the race, cooling the battery with ice would do little except to delay the battery reaching optimal operating temperature. If that was the goal, then maybe the idea was to push harder in the later stages.

You know, if *I* Had spent $140k on a car, then spent a crapload of time building a roll cage and stripping out all the insulation and carpeting and sticking a cool wrapping on it, paid for by several corporate sponsors…

I would take it to the track a few times to see if I could make it go faster, longer. I’d time myself on that track, and test new method after new method for making up for any of the car’s shortcomings. I’d compare these methods to the recorded track times to see which ones worked.

I wouldn’t show up on race day with some bulls**t that I thought might work that day, that’s for sure. But apparently you know more about how to make it work because you’ve… done what? Please, enlighten us about what you’ve tested and found to work.

See, what *I* think they’ve done is measured exactly what the optimal starting temperature was, and cooled the battery and motor down to that temperature, and then put the ice away. More than likely race day was a little warmer than say, oh, I don’t know, 14 or 15C, so some extra cooling was needed.