PIKES PEAK, Colo. – History was made Sunday at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb. Rhys Millen became the first driver to win the event with an electric racer, and he set a new record time (for battery-powered cars) of nine minutes, 7.222 seconds in the process.
Underlining the rise of electric machines, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima drove his Rimac-engineered e-Runner up America’s Mountain in 9.32.401, to capture second place.
While the electrics were fastest, internal combustion hasn’t been vanquished completely. Sebastian Loeb’s seemingly 2013 time of 8:13.878 is still admittedly out of reach of the new technology.
Speaking of gas power, Paul Dallanbach put on a show on his way to the summit. Not only did he demolish the open-wheel record with a 9:36.496 time, he did so using the old school approach.
His battered looking, naturally aspirated, scoop-winged wonder eclipsed the fire-breathing BBI-built Porsche of Jeff Zwart in the Time Attack 1 class by over nine seconds. The fastest car in the Unlimited class, which has historically topped the time sheet, was Dominic Dobson in a Radical SR8 in eighth place with a time of 10:15.289.
Honda’s CBR 1000, ridden by Jeffrey Tigert, was the fastest bike at 10:02.735 – finishing just ahead of the unorthodox Ronin team. The Denver, Colo. upstart fielded a customer’s bike, and with Travis Newbold in the saddle, managed a respectable 10:18.514.