Rhys Millen's win at Pikes Peak - the very first time an electric car top the top spot - was a great achievement. And the second place finish for Nobuhiro Tajima's electric car makes it even better.
"Yesterday was a historic day not only for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb but for the automotive industry. When Rhys Millen (Official Fan Page) broke the Electric Modified record and claimed the title of King of the Mountain he and his Drive eO team became the first EV to beat all internal combustion competitors onboard even playing field."
From today on, we can now expect that EVs will win all future Pikes Peak races in overall standings as battery technology just keeps getting better every year.
eO PP03 - a phenomenal electric car - came to the Colorado Springs from Latvia in Europe. According to Rhys Millen, there is a lot of potential in this machine:
"The car is faster than I am. It's the first time in 22 years I've said that. I'm looking for more out of myself and that will only come with time."
And you know what? eO PP03 won the race despite that somewhere in the middle of the course a software glitch turned off the rear part of the drivetrain. So the car actually turned from AWD to FWD with half the power.
Millen said later that 9:07.222 is about 30 seconds off the target. Next year he's sure EVs can run in the 8:30 range.
eO PP03 rear end chassis layout (top to bottom): triple stack of Drive eO motor controllers, triple stack of #YASA electric motors, a short prop shaft, Sadev limited slip differential, ZF Motorsport 4-way adjustable shock absorbers with Eibach springs and linear displacement sensors. Also in the picture coolant radiators, LH side for water (controller cooling) and RH side for dielectric fluid (motor cooling), and Bosch Global coolant circulation pumps.
Here is full race on-board with Rhys Millen in eO PP03
Interview with Rhys Millen at the finish of PPIHC 2015
We found also videos with Jeff Clark on Zero SR and Yoshihiro Kishimoto on MIRAI motorcycle
Results can be found here.
Not all had a chance to race before the storm and this is why they have only two sections shown. Here you have all the results for EVs plus an electrified Honda - first in the last table:
"Because of the severe weather and course shortening ALL TIMES ARE INVALIDATED!!!
Check the PPIHC website for final Official Results at a later time."
93rd running Pikes Peak Intl Hill Climb, Sunday June 28 2015 - Pikes Peak Int'l Hill Climb - EVs