Last year, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima broke the Pikes Peak Hill Climb race's once-untouchable 10-minute mark in his Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special with a time of 9 minutes and 51.278 seconds. This year, Tajima is going a totally different route figuratively as he'll be abandoning his gasoline-powered Suzukis in favor of a prototype electric vehicle. His Monster Sport team is partnering with Team APEV (Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles).
"This year's challenge will be considered environment-friendly," says Tajima. "We would like to show the excellence of the performance and environment-friendliness of the EV to people all over the world through this Pikes Peak Challenge."
Despite using an entirely new technology for the Pikes Peak Challenge, Tajima is looking forward to breaking his world record. He reveals that he "would like to win seven consecutive victories."
Here's how it looks like when you tackle a nearly 20km-long course while going up a height of 4,721ft:
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Photo from Team APEV Pikes Peak EV Challenge's Facebook page