2016 Zero FXS
Zero Motorcycles will be present at the upcoming 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race, which will be held for the 94th time on its 100th anniversary of inception on June 26th.
Zero (together with Hollywood Electrics) will try to defend its Electric Production Class win from 2013, 2014 and 2015, as Victory Racing sharpens their teeth for the win as well.
Bonus: 2 Pikes Peak promotion spots/commercials on the 2016 event can be found below!
Two race-prepped Zero FXS will be used by Jake Holden (#59) and Mark Miller (#10).
"Holden and Miller have been gearing up for the "Race to the Clouds" on all new Zero FXS race-prepped machines debuting exclusive performance parts by Hollywood Electrics. The bikes boast an incredible 70 ft-lb of torque yet weigh under 300 pounds. Made in Santa Cruz, California, these electric motorcycles are able to deliver consistent performance at any altitude, unaffected by the thin air that wreaks havoc on the fuel mixture of their internal combustion powered counterparts."
Update: A company representative tells InsideEVs that one of the riders has now changed for the event, stating:
"The riders have changed since this press release, and Scot Harden is no longer with the company. Marcel Irnie, of Kelowna, British Columbia, has replaced Jake Holden."
Race is scheduled for June 26 (event: Colorado Springs June 18-26, 2016).
"The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, began in 1916. This year marks the 100th Anniversary and 94th Running of the "Race to the Clouds," the second oldest motorsports race in America. The PPIHC is a long-standing tradition in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak regions. It takes place on a 12.42-mile course beginning at 9,390 feet, with 156 turns, and ending at the 14,115-foot summit."
"A Pikes Peak rookie, Mark Miller arrives with an extensive résumé that includes the "Fastest Lap by an American at the Isle of Man TT." In addition to 11 years of Isle of Man TT racing with one first and three podium finishes, Mark has competed in the Macau Grand Prix 16 times and has finished on the podium 20 times (one win) in AMA Pro National Road Racing. "I'm super super stoked to be taking on the mountain with Hollywood Electrics and Zero Motorcycles," says Miller. "I've always wanted to race Pikes Peak and I can't think of a cooler motorcycle to race up that beautiful vista than one with no noise or vibration. WHOOSH!""
Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles said:
"We're proud to be sponsoring Hollywood Electric's entry at the 100th Anniversary of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and building on our winning track record. As the three-time defending production electric motorcycle class winner, we've proven we know what it takes to win. 2016 gives us another opportunity to showcase our amazing technology. With their phenomenal torque and acceleration, Zero electric motorcycles are ideally suited to the Race to the Clouds."
Team Owner Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics Racing said:
"We've been laying the groundwork for this day since we first conceived of an electric motorcycle racing team. We're confident that Zero Motorcycles will again show they're the leading force on the course, and handling your everyday riding needs."
It should be a great race all around!