EV breaks record at Pikes Peak Hillclimb

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7/12/2018 5:44 PM

Looks like a Volkswagon EV effort smashed the record fast time at Piles Peak by 15 seconds and set a sub 8 min time. They also broke the previous EV time by 1 minute! At the rate these EV's are advancing I'm not sure how much life is left for IC engine powered competition vehicles for short duration events like proMX.

Pikes Peak Record Beaten: The Power of Electricity. | Pikes Peak Hillclimb

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7/12/2018 5:57 PM

We landed on the moon? Sweet!

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7/12/2018 5:59 PM

But to your point the craziest thing is this car was built from scratch in 9 months. Too bad mission motors isn't around still to have a go. They were ahead of there time.

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7/12/2018 10:33 PM

its not surprising. the whole road is now paved so it should be easier to go faster

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"If you feel in control, you're not going fast enough" ~Mario Andretti

7/12/2018 11:08 PM

Phillip_Lamb wrote:

its not surprising. the whole road is now paved so it should be easier to go faster

Yep, record has been falling pretty much every year as more and more of it gets paved. Still cool EV's are progressing though.

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7/13/2018 4:58 AM

Phillip_Lamb wrote:

its not surprising. the whole road is now paved so it should be easier to go faster

chuckie108 wrote:

Yep, record has been falling pretty much every year as more and more of it gets paved. Still cool EV's are progressing though.

I think it has been paved top to bottom for a few years now. Reading up on what they did it was pretty interesting. It was no small accomplishment.

http://www.thedrive.com/accelerator/21776/how-the-volkswagen-i-d-r-went-from-daydream-to-pikes-peak-hill-climb-record-holder-in-249-days

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7/13/2018 8:51 AM

The course has been completed paved since 2012. The previous record time was posted in 2013. The EV's have been really close for the last few years and really dropped the time substantially this year. Of course VW had an experienced driver and maybe the weather conditions were perfect. And the altitude effects as relevant with electric motor performance either so that no doubt is an advantage.

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7/13/2018 9:19 AM

OldYZRider1 wrote:

The course has been completed paved since 2012. The previous record time was posted in 2013. The EV's have been really close for the last few years and really dropped the time substantially this year. Of course VW had an experienced driver and maybe the weather conditions were perfect. And the altitude effects as relevant with electric motor performance either so that no doubt is an advantage.

Yes the electric motor is unaffected by altitude but they still had to do their homework building the car and balancing out the down force vs drag. Also they had to work out some charging logistics due to the altitude and to make sure the car would be ready for quick turn around in the event they had to abort a run due to a competitor having issues up the road ahead of them.

https://www.designnews.com/content/volkswagen-faces-charging-challenges-pikes-peak/13824805758933

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7/13/2018 9:26 AM

It's hard to imagine a way that internal combustion can keep up in the near future. Electric's ability to deliver max torque from zero RPM, modern traction control, coupled with four wheel drive etc.. But, at the end of the day I couldn't care less. I grew up building my own engines. I enjoy the limitations that come with IC, enjoy the sounds and smells. Followed a Maserati home from MTBing last night, that thing sounded just plain nasty. No ev will ever stir my soul like that, as amazing as they are and will be.

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7/13/2018 9:28 AM

Non moto

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7/13/2018 9:37 AM

imagine how much faster it would have been if the driver was using banned substances

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7/13/2018 9:45 AM

they will get disqualified when they dope test the car and find out its another VW with emissions cheating.

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7/15/2018 6:49 PM

Happy to say i rode my dual sport up there back in 94 while stationed at Fort Carson, it was just a dirt road. Pretty neat thing to experience.

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