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.

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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.

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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)