There are few annual motorsports events in North America that hold the prestige of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. What started as a gathering of motorsports enthusiasts has morphed into one of the most highly-contested time trials in the US, attracting some serious talent in both two- and four-wheel racing to try their hand at being the fastest up the Peak.
The drift/rally/stunt driving extraordinaire Rhys Millen once again made the trek to the Colorado Rocky Mountains to give the climb a go in his Drive eO PP03, an electric racer from the Latvian engineering firm. Millen reached the top of the 12.4 mile course with a staggering time of 9:07.222, good to take the overall victory on the day.
The Drive eO PP03 taking the victory might have come as a surprise, but when the machine is putting out a reported 1,368 horsepower and 1,593 foot-pounds of torque, it is probably going to pull up the hills with some serious pepper.
Millen’s time was the fastest ever set by an electric car at Pikes Peak, just barely edging the previous record set by Greg Tracy in 2014 by less than a second. Incredibly, the closest competitor to Millen’s time was also in an electric car. Pikes legend Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima came in with the second fastest time overall at 9:36.496 in his Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One.