The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. First competed in 1916 and this year marks the 95th Running of the “Race to the Clouds.”
The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,115 foot summit of America’s Mountain; Pikes Peak! As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs internal combustion engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape simply to finish…let alone win!
This year it was indeed a peek into the future as electric vehicles nabbed the top two finishing positions. Not only was it a first for the 99 year old race, but according to The Gazette, it was the first major event globally that an electric car bettered a field that included traditional internal-combustion engines.
New Zealeander Rhys Millen won the race with a time of 9 minutes, 7.222 seconds and Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima also in an electric car finished second in a hair raising time of 9:32.401 after his brakes failed near the top of the course.
Here is a video of the winning trip:
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.