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Electric cars win Pikes Peak!
Nobuhiro Monster Tajima celebrates his 65th birthday finishing second overall on the 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2015 on June 28th.
Stopping the clock at 9:32.401, storming over the finish line in “Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One”, Nobuhiro Tajima wrote history today finishing in front of combustion engine powered racing cars. This is the first time in history an electric car has won Pikes Peak, and we had two of them on the podium.
Breaking the record with no brakes, with this race Tajima broke his previous record of 9:43.90 by 11 seconds and set a new record through the Pikes Peak speed trap of 145 miles per hour!However, the mechanical brakes failed during the race causing a huge loss in time. Determined not to give up, Monster Tajima safely managed to dash across the finish line 4,300m up at the mountain peak.The overall winner of 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was Rhys Millen. Driving the “Drive e0” Millen put a new record on the table for electric cars clocking at 9:07.222.
Nobuhiro Monster Tajima came second driving the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, leaving the first petrol powered car of Paul Dallenbach behind by more than 4 seconds. Storm after the raceThe race day started with bright sunshine and warm climate, luring the sense of a wonderful day to hold the race finals. The 2-wheel division started out first then on to the 4-wheels. MONSTER Tajima piloting the “Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One” started fourth in line.Despite the day starting out with beautiful weather, during the afternoon it quickly changed into a barrage of hail covering the mountain into a desolate silvery world. At the base of the mountain was a severe thunderstorm which caused the race officials to suspend the race.
The heavy rain and thunder receded away 30 minutes later. Due to safety concerns the course for other competitors was truncated, and the finish line moved down to Glen Cove. This means that all entrants who have made it up to the peak will have their time qualified only up to Glen Cove as their official time. This is just one of the charms of challenging the Pikes Peak Hill Climb of its unabridged unrelenting reality of mother-nature being itself but it is also the principal reason why numerous research and development team from auto manufactures visit the mountain.
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The Rimac Group, led by CEO Mate Rimac, is majority shareholder of Bugatti Rimac and the sole stakeholder of Rimac Technology. The Group brings together the most advanced hypercars in the world with a globally renowned team developing high performance electrification, autonomous and software solutions for the world’s largest OEMs. Rimac is based on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia, with locations around Europe, and currently employs more than 2,000 people. From 2023, the Rimac Group will be headquartered at a new state-of-the-art 200,000 m2 Rimac Campus, large enough to accommodate over 2,500 people.