Pikes Peak Hill Climb: EV results

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Pikes Peak Hill Climb: EV results

Elithion
Here are the results for the EV class of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb 2012 (http://livetiming.net/USAC/Default.asp?Class=Electric).

Excellent showing for EVs! At of now, 3 of the top 10 are EVs!

There were 7 EVs:
1st.: #230 Fumio Nutahara Japan Toyota Motorsport (race car).................... 10:15.380 OVERALL: 4th!*
2nd: #32 Hiroshi Masuoka Iruma Japan Mitsubishi Motors (race car).................10:30.850 OVERALL: 5th!*
3rd: #311 Elias Anderson Austin TX HCE (Lightning Motors motorcycle)...........11:00.857 OVERALL: 9th!*
4th.: #13 Michael Bream Carlsbad CA BMW (sedan car).........,.......................11:58.929
5th: #16 Ikuo Hanawa Ibaraki Japan Summit (race car).................................11:58.974
6th: #34 Beccy Gordon Dana Point CA Mitsubishi Motors (sedan car)...............15:10.557
na: #1 Nobuhiro Tajima Tokyo Japan........................................................ Did not finish

* Note: as of this writing, the race is not yet over, so the overall standings may change.

Nobuhiro Tajima, the favorite and overall record holder, did not finish: fire in the cockpit after 1/2 mile, driver is fine. They had problems towing him back down, because of direct drive, and because battery kept on of catching tire. They couldn't leave the car up there, because of the danger of starting a forest fire.

For your reference, the fastest time overall (so far) this year is 9:52 (Carlin Dunne on a Ducati motorcycle) and fastest time ever is 9:51 (Nobuhiro Tajima, 2007).
Davide Andrea
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Re: Pikes Peak Hill Climb: EV results

Bill Dube
Very impressive and successful effort by EV West.

The EV West team demonstrated that a conversion on a modest budget
could be keenly competitive with the deep-pockets factory teams,
head-to-head. The change of race dates (due to the fires in Colo.)
forced the owner, Mike Breem, to the drive the car himself, losing
the advantage of a seasoned professional driver on the notoriously
difficult course. Absolutely fantastic job. Super clean conversion
and fabrication. Daily driver showed itself to be competitive on Pikes Peak!

Too bad the Tajima car had technical problems. Eva and I were about
1/2 mile from the starting line and it flashed by so fast we barely
saw it. Insanely fast. Much much much faster than any other vehicle
we saw that day. If the planets had aligned, and whatever loose wire
had just stayed put, Tajima would likely have put down the overall
record. Again, insanely fast and powerful car.

Car #34 was a 100% bone stock Mitsubishi i-MiEV. 15 seconds is a very
respectable time for even a modified vehicle, and is outstanding for
a stock vehicle of any kind.

Car # 16 was indeed having technical problems. I'm not at all sure
what the nature of these problems was, but they were working hard
pretty much continuously during practice week trying to improve the
performance. It was not a reliability problem, but something more
subtile that was limiting their performance. I am certain that they
will move back to the top next year, once they get back to their home
shop and sort it all out. (Wonderful friendly folks on that team, by
the way. Eva and I felt very bad for them that they were not able to
get the car to perform to its full potential.)

What is very very encouraging is that there are now "factory" EV
racing teams. This is a very big deal for EV racing in general.

No EV bikes this year, unfortunately. I guess Chip Yates put down a
number last year that was more than intimidating to potential
challengers. Chip definitely set the bar high.

Bill D.

At 06:47 AM 8/13/2012, you wrote:

>The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was yesterday and EVs did
>extremely well this year, with six of the seven EVs that were
>entered finishing. One of the six (#32) crashed during qualifying
>but made it to the starting line and came in 8th overall (2nd among
>EV's). The real surprise was that reigning King of the Hill,
>Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima did not finish as a result of an
>electrical fire about half a mile into his run up the Hill.
>
>Of course, I am most proud of how well EV West did because they are
>using our Shiva controller... Some people doubted they would even
>finish, but despite all their "disadvantages" they placed well in
>the top half overall (which for a rookie driver on the hill is good
>no matter what) and even beat out the previous EV record holder,
>Ikuo Hanawa, who was driving a big-budget F2000-style custom
>chassis. I bet there's some hand-wringing in Japan over that one!
>
>The official times for the EVs (thanks to Davide Andrea of Elithion
>for posting) are as follows:
>
>1st.: #230 Fumio Nutahara Japan Toyota Motorsport (race
>car).................... 10:15.380 OVERALL: 6th!
>2nd: #32 Hiroshi Masuoka Iruma Japan Mitsubishi Motors (race
>car).................10:30.850 OVERALL: 8th!
>3rd: #311 Elias Anderson Austin TX HCE (race
>car).......................................11:00.8 57 OVERALL: 13th!
>4th.: #13 Michael Bream Carlsbad CA BMW (sedan
>car).........,.......................11:58.929
>5th: #16 Ikuo Hanawa Ibaraki Japan Summit (race
>car).................................11:58.974
>6th: #34 Beccy Gordon Dana Point CA Mitsubishi Motors (sedan
>car)...............15:10.557
>na: #1 Nobuhiro Tajima Tokyo
>Japan............................................. ........... Did not finish

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