EVs up Pikes Peak
June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Two electric cars are racing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend. Going up the famous 20km-long, 4,300m-high hill in Colorado are the Yokohama Summit HER-02 and the Nissan Leaf; the one-off Yokohama car (pictured) is a development from last year’s Summit contender, featuring Yokohama’s new BluEarth tyres and Sanyo lithium-ion batteries. Driver Ikuo Hanawa currently holds the EV record-time for the event, which he set last year. The Leaf, meanwhile, is a production-spec car (and not the NISMO RC); this will be driven by truck racer Chad Hord. And on two wheels, there’s Chip Yates and his 240bhp Swigz.com Pro Racing electric superbike.