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:
- eO PP100 - Rhys Millen - 8:57.118
- Acura EV Concept - Tetsuya Yamano - 9:06.015
- Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One - Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima - 9:51.978
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)
Before the race bonus:
Full Race Results (click to enlarge):
2016 Pikes Peak Race Results (click to enlarge)