29 Jun '15, 3pm

1,300-Horsepower Electric Racers Dominate at Pikes Peak

1,300-Horsepower Electric Racers Dominate at Pikes Peak

Despite mechanical failures and somewhat reduced road traction, two electric cars stormed to the top of Pikes Peak yesterday in record times, with Rys Millen’s Latvian-built Drive eO taking first ahead of all internal combustion competitors. Both Millen’s winning car and Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima’s Rimac E-Runner Concept_One – purpose-built for The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – are rated for more than 1 megawatt power (over 1,300-horsepower) and major torque. Millen’s unofficial time of 9:07.222 was 25 seconds ahead of Tajiima’s and despite the entry in the history books, Millen said he was “frustrated” when 50-percent of power was cut with loss of a rear motor pack halfway through the race. “I guess I should put a smile on my face, but we were still 30 seconds off our target,” said Millen. “It’s a new record, but not one I’m happy with … “If it had just ...

Full article: http://www.hybridcars.com/1300-horsepower-electric-racers...

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