Rimac, Tajima Seek to Dethrone Peugeot on Pikes Peak
Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima has been up Pikes Peak many times, setting new records nine times, the last one in 2011. But neither he nor any other driver has been quick enough to dethrone Sebastien Loeb and Peugeot who, in 2013, set a new record of less than nine minutes at 8:13.878. Tajima's best time was 9:51.278 in 2011, driving a Suzuki SX4. That was the last year he wanted to drive a gasoline car, switch over to electric drive because it is cleaner for the environment.
This year he has the most powerful electric racer yet to challenge the mountain in the form of the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One with a total power rating between its four electric motors of 1455 bhp or 1.1 megawatts. The maximum torque is claimed at 1106lb ft. Weighing just 3,306 lbs (1,500 kg), the single-seater stores electric energy in the 57kWh lithium battery.
Practice sessions begin Jun 23rd, with timed trials taking place on Sunday, June 28th.
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