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What is Hillclimbing? Hillclimb racing is one of the oldest forms of motorsport in the world and can trace its roots back to 19th century Europe. Read more - Here's Everything You Need To Know About Hillclimb Racing
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Joseph White 2017-05-09

p A YouTuber is celebrating hill climb racing, one of the oldest forms of motorsport in the world, with a 17-minute video of race-bred machines making short work of hairpin turns.

Turn up the sound; there’s over a quarter of an hour of purpose-built engines revving to the limit.

You can almost catch a whiff of burnt rubber just by watching a short segment of it.

Most of the videos were shot in Italy, a nation famous for its unconstrained need for speed and for its mountainous terrain.

It’s the perfect breeding ground for generations of espresso-fueled hill climb racers.

The footage zeroes in on valuable, rarely seen machines like the original Audi Quattro, a coupe developed specifically to participate in Group B rally events during the 1980s.

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Jerrod Fenton 2016-06-30
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Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima's team checks over his 2016 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One at the start line before heading out for a practice run.

Even as a young man in Japan, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima knew he wanted to compete in the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The race is the second oldest in the United States—2016 marks its 100th anniversary—and this track provides a rare challenge to driver and car in motorsport.

And forget mental images of mountain roads as nothing but switchbacks; there are plenty of straights and fast corners with nothing but a sharp drop off to one side.

On top of all that, the weather can give you four different seasons between the starting line and the summit, bringing with it all the associated consequences for track temperature and grip.

"Racing is really the best playground for development," Rimac vehicle dynamics engineer Kruno Hrvatinić told Ars.

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Eric Billiter 2016-07-02
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Victory Motorcycles had two class winners at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: Victory Racing s electric Empluse RR, ridden by Cycle World s Road Test Editor Don Canet, and the gas-powered Project 156, piloted by Jeremy Toye.

After winning their respective classes, they took second and third place overall.

This, by the way, was the 100th anniversary of the PPIHC.

The hair-raising moment of my run came in a fast 100-mph sweeper approaching Upper Gravel Pit, which is well up the course, Canet said about his winning run on the Empulse RR in the PPC-Electric Motorcycle Class.

I slithered across an oil stain at the apex, then again crossing over the double yellow centerline.

In a heart-stopping moment I ran out of road and was off on the dirt shoulder at high speed … The excursion completely killed my drive through the following flat-out right and straight that follows.

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Jermaine Dusenbery 2016-08-16
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What happens when you have to drive your electric-only Volkswagen e-Golf out of Hollywood to some inland dustbowl with no charger?

And you end up burning hydrocarbons anyway.

Ace drift, rally and hillclimb driver Rhys Millen spotted this e-Golf getting juiced up from a Honda generator, furiously clattering away as it sucked down gasoline to power this Volkswagen.

The Honda EU2000i we re hearing hammer its little heart out pushes 2000 watts/120V volts out for a little over eight hours with one gallon of gasoline.

Honda says it s designed to power a TV or fridge.

I m not sure exactly how easily it could replenish this Volkswagen s 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, but the car is supposed to take 20 hours to recharge its 83-mile range at at 110 volts.

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Carl Chasin 2016-06-28
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Tesla Pikes Peak

Every year, the fastest and craziest cars in the world assemble at Pikes Peak, a three-mile hill climb in the Rocky Mountains.

Among the cars on show this year was something unusual — a Tesla Model S, technically a production car, but completely stripped out and turned into a lean, mean, racing machine.

The car was driven by Blake Fuller, CEO of GO Puck, and set a record for the fastest production electric vehicle although production was pretty loosely defined .

This is what they re going to look like

A production car is supposed to be one that s only modified enough to make it safe for racing, by changing seats, removing airbags, installing a rollcage and the like.

Fuller s Tesla did all of that, but the questions seem to be over the battery pack.

Just in case you re wondering what it looks like to charge up a desolate mountain road full-throttle in a modified electric vehicle, there s video.

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Jackie Brown 2018-06-26
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It'll only have to drive for about a mile, but when Roborace's autonomous car heads to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it'll make for a momentous occasion.

Robocar, the autonomous racecar that stars in its own racing series, will be the first autonomous vehicle to tackle the hill climb event during Goodwood.

There won't be a single human involved -- it'll make the 1.16-mile run up the hill using nothing but its own sensors and systems.

Robocar first made an appearance at Goodwood last year, as part of the Festival of Speed's Future Lab.

It'll have a presence there this year, too, where the group will offer an immersive VR experience that lets users witness the hill climb from the car's point of view.

Robotics and autonomous transport will be the underlying themes at Future Lab this year, complete with interactive displays and demonstrations.

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James Musick 2018-07-11
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The autonomous overlords are getting stronger every day, and now they're here to take control of your classic cars.

Well, that's not exactly the case yet, but if this autonomous 1965 Ford Mustang serves as a crystal ball and actually does what it's supposed to, this could turn restomodding culture on its head.

That's right, this is an autonomous classic Mustang, and it's going to be climbing the Duke of Richmond's hill at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The bright folks at Siemens, in conjunction with the brainy souls at England's Cranfield University, engineered this classic car with modern computing power, and it is one of the best examples yet of how past and future technology can coexist in harmony.

If you're thinking the old pony was retrofitted with electric or hydrogen power to match modern braun with its electronic brains, think again.

This '65 still gets its power from a fuel-swilling 289-cubic-inch V8 engine sending 200 horsepower through a three-speed transmission, and according to Goodwood's website, the car can be driven like a regular Mustang with just the flick of a switch.

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Anthony Couture 2018-07-12
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In preparation for its first proper run up the hill at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Roborace's Robocar undertook a practice run, and it seemed pretty darn successful.

Roborace is the first autonomous racing series, and this is the first year that autonomous vehicles will attempt Goodwood's hill climb.

Roborace's practice run looked good -- it held some decent speed in the straights and around corners, looking pretty composed as it largely stuck in the middle of the road.

If it wanted to, Roborace's car could hustle up that hill.

It has four 181-horsepower electric motors, one in each wheel, and the whole thing weighs less than 3,000 pounds.

Roborace provides the bodies and an API to each team, which is responsible for adding their own AI algorithms to take the car around the track.

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William Jones 2018-07-13
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All kinds of cars turn up at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed to run up Goodwood’s famous hill climb course, but none have ever done it like this.

Roborace’s autonomous race car, called Robocar successfully navigated the 1.16-mile course without a human driver onboard, becoming the first vehicle to do so.

Roborace hopes to launch a race series for self-driving cars featuring the Robocar.

But so far it’s just conducted a series of high-profile public tests using both the Robocar and an earlier prototype called DevBot.

While the DevBot has a full set of manual controls, the only way for a human being to ride the Robocar would be to jump on top like Slim Pickens riding that nuclear missile in Dr. Strangelove.

Like most self-driving cars, the Robocar uses an array of sensors to orient itself, including radar, lidar, cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and GPS.

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Mary Condie 2018-07-06
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VW has released the first full video of its record-breaking Pikes Peak run, showing the Volkswagen I.D.

R Pikes Peak electric racer storming its way up the legendary hill climb.

The record – an impressive 7 minutes 57.148 seconds – was set on June 25, and both VW and EV fans alike had been chomping at the bit to see the International Hill Climb footage in full.

It’s not quite the 4K in-cabin footage that we’ve been hoping for, but it’s certainly sufficient to show just what sort of speeds driver Romain Dumas was achieving on the turn-filled route.

R Pikes Peak bested former record holder Sebastien Loeb’s 2013 run by a whopping 16 seconds.

Not bad at all, when you consider that the automaker only announced it would build a Pikes Peak car 250 days ago.

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Clifford Ketcham 2016-06-29
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What may be the first Tesla Model S race car set a record for production electric vehicles at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The modified Model S was driven by Blake Fuller, founder and CEO of Go Puck, a company that makes wearable battery packs.

Fuller managed to complete the 12.42-mile course in 11:48.264, setting a record for the Electric Production class.

While Pikes Peak also has classes for purpose-built race machines, this class is for electric vehicles based on showroom models.

The sub-12-minute time beat the previous record of around 13 minutes set by a Zero electric motorcycle, and placed the Tesla 65th overall, according to Electrek.

Go Puck s racer was a Model S P90D, with the largest battery pack, 762 horsepower, and all-wheel drive.

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Mike Estes 2016-06-04
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"Monster" Tajima and his 2016 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One, a 1500-hp purpose-built machine for Pikes Peak.

The race, which was first held in 1916, is a 12.4-mile 20km dash up the side of Pikes Peak in Colorado, with cars racing the clock to set the best time of the day.

In recent years, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb has featured more and more electric cars and motorbikes, which don't suffer the significant drop in power at altitude that affects their internal combustion relatives.

Last year's race went to Monster Tajima's rival Rhys Millen, who set a new EV record for the hillclimb, getting to the top in just over nine minutes.

You can also follow our exploits on the Ars Instagram feed.

And if you want to try your own hand at the fiendishly tricky route, there's a pretty good version of it to be found in DiRT Rally, where the penalty for falling off the side of the mountain is much less severe than in real life.

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James Flachs 2017-06-05
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Faraday Future announced this morning that its FF 91 electric car will be participating in the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The electric automaker will run the FF 91 in the exhibition class with a "beta-level development vehicle."

That means we're talking close-to-production components, software, vehicle weight and specification.

Fortunately, those specifications are looking pretty beefy out of the box with 1,050 horsepower on tap from its electric all-wheel drive system and four-wheel steering and torque-vectoring.

That should help nicely with the Race to the Clouds' 4,720 foot climb and 156 turns.

Extreme climbs are often a challenge for electric vehicles' thermal management systems, but EVs have at least one massive advantage over gasoline cars.

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Marshall Johnson 2017-05-10

p The McLaren P1 LM made quite a splash at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year when driver Kenny Bräck used it to set a record for road-legal cars on the English estate’s famous hillclimb course.

Bräck ran the 1.16-mile course in just 47.07 seconds, and now you can see what that looks like in this video.

The challenges of the Goodwood hillclimb compared to normal racetracks are apparent.

It’s pretty narrow, and on many parts of the track only straw bales separate potentially out of control cars from spectators.

Bräck, who has an Indy 500 win on his résumé, dances with the wheel to keep the P1 LM pointed in the right direction.

The P1 LM has fairly complex genealogy.

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Robert Drummond 2016-05-23
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The Tesla Model S has won its share of drag races, but the electric sedan hasn t made as much of an impact in other areas or motorsport.

Next month, though, the Tesla s limits will be tested like never before when a Model S enters the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The Model S will be driven by Blake Fuller, founder and CEO of Go Puck, a maker of wearable battery packs.

The new pack is expected to have less capacity than the stock version, but the car only needs to travel a short distance.

The 12.4-mile course leads racers to the 14,115-foot summit of its eponymous Colorado mountain.

Nobuhiro Monster Tajima finished second in another purpose-built car, the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One.

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CarBuzz 2021-12-01
What is Hillclimbing? Hillclimb racing is one of the oldest forms of motorsport in the world and can trace its roots back to 19th century Europe. Read more - Here's Everything You Need To Know About Hillclimb Racing
Jerrod Fenton 2016-06-30
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Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima's team checks over his 2016 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One at the start line before heading out for a practice run.

Even as a young man in Japan, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima knew he wanted to compete in the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The race is the second oldest in the United States—2016 marks its 100th anniversary—and this track provides a rare challenge to driver and car in motorsport.

And forget mental images of mountain roads as nothing but switchbacks; there are plenty of straights and fast corners with nothing but a sharp drop off to one side.

On top of all that, the weather can give you four different seasons between the starting line and the summit, bringing with it all the associated consequences for track temperature and grip.

"Racing is really the best playground for development," Rimac vehicle dynamics engineer Kruno Hrvatinić told Ars.

Jermaine Dusenbery 2016-08-16
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What happens when you have to drive your electric-only Volkswagen e-Golf out of Hollywood to some inland dustbowl with no charger?

And you end up burning hydrocarbons anyway.

Ace drift, rally and hillclimb driver Rhys Millen spotted this e-Golf getting juiced up from a Honda generator, furiously clattering away as it sucked down gasoline to power this Volkswagen.

The Honda EU2000i we re hearing hammer its little heart out pushes 2000 watts/120V volts out for a little over eight hours with one gallon of gasoline.

Honda says it s designed to power a TV or fridge.

I m not sure exactly how easily it could replenish this Volkswagen s 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, but the car is supposed to take 20 hours to recharge its 83-mile range at at 110 volts.

Jackie Brown 2018-06-26
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It'll only have to drive for about a mile, but when Roborace's autonomous car heads to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it'll make for a momentous occasion.

Robocar, the autonomous racecar that stars in its own racing series, will be the first autonomous vehicle to tackle the hill climb event during Goodwood.

There won't be a single human involved -- it'll make the 1.16-mile run up the hill using nothing but its own sensors and systems.

Robocar first made an appearance at Goodwood last year, as part of the Festival of Speed's Future Lab.

It'll have a presence there this year, too, where the group will offer an immersive VR experience that lets users witness the hill climb from the car's point of view.

Robotics and autonomous transport will be the underlying themes at Future Lab this year, complete with interactive displays and demonstrations.

Anthony Couture 2018-07-12
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In preparation for its first proper run up the hill at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Roborace's Robocar undertook a practice run, and it seemed pretty darn successful.

Roborace is the first autonomous racing series, and this is the first year that autonomous vehicles will attempt Goodwood's hill climb.

Roborace's practice run looked good -- it held some decent speed in the straights and around corners, looking pretty composed as it largely stuck in the middle of the road.

If it wanted to, Roborace's car could hustle up that hill.

It has four 181-horsepower electric motors, one in each wheel, and the whole thing weighs less than 3,000 pounds.

Roborace provides the bodies and an API to each team, which is responsible for adding their own AI algorithms to take the car around the track.

Mary Condie 2018-07-06
img

VW has released the first full video of its record-breaking Pikes Peak run, showing the Volkswagen I.D.

R Pikes Peak electric racer storming its way up the legendary hill climb.

The record – an impressive 7 minutes 57.148 seconds – was set on June 25, and both VW and EV fans alike had been chomping at the bit to see the International Hill Climb footage in full.

It’s not quite the 4K in-cabin footage that we’ve been hoping for, but it’s certainly sufficient to show just what sort of speeds driver Romain Dumas was achieving on the turn-filled route.

R Pikes Peak bested former record holder Sebastien Loeb’s 2013 run by a whopping 16 seconds.

Not bad at all, when you consider that the automaker only announced it would build a Pikes Peak car 250 days ago.

Mike Estes 2016-06-04
img

"Monster" Tajima and his 2016 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One, a 1500-hp purpose-built machine for Pikes Peak.

The race, which was first held in 1916, is a 12.4-mile 20km dash up the side of Pikes Peak in Colorado, with cars racing the clock to set the best time of the day.

In recent years, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb has featured more and more electric cars and motorbikes, which don't suffer the significant drop in power at altitude that affects their internal combustion relatives.

Last year's race went to Monster Tajima's rival Rhys Millen, who set a new EV record for the hillclimb, getting to the top in just over nine minutes.

You can also follow our exploits on the Ars Instagram feed.

And if you want to try your own hand at the fiendishly tricky route, there's a pretty good version of it to be found in DiRT Rally, where the penalty for falling off the side of the mountain is much less severe than in real life.

Marshall Johnson 2017-05-10

p The McLaren P1 LM made quite a splash at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year when driver Kenny Bräck used it to set a record for road-legal cars on the English estate’s famous hillclimb course.

Bräck ran the 1.16-mile course in just 47.07 seconds, and now you can see what that looks like in this video.

The challenges of the Goodwood hillclimb compared to normal racetracks are apparent.

It’s pretty narrow, and on many parts of the track only straw bales separate potentially out of control cars from spectators.

Bräck, who has an Indy 500 win on his résumé, dances with the wheel to keep the P1 LM pointed in the right direction.

The P1 LM has fairly complex genealogy.

Joseph White 2017-05-09

p A YouTuber is celebrating hill climb racing, one of the oldest forms of motorsport in the world, with a 17-minute video of race-bred machines making short work of hairpin turns.

Turn up the sound; there’s over a quarter of an hour of purpose-built engines revving to the limit.

You can almost catch a whiff of burnt rubber just by watching a short segment of it.

Most of the videos were shot in Italy, a nation famous for its unconstrained need for speed and for its mountainous terrain.

It’s the perfect breeding ground for generations of espresso-fueled hill climb racers.

The footage zeroes in on valuable, rarely seen machines like the original Audi Quattro, a coupe developed specifically to participate in Group B rally events during the 1980s.

Eric Billiter 2016-07-02
img

Victory Motorcycles had two class winners at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: Victory Racing s electric Empluse RR, ridden by Cycle World s Road Test Editor Don Canet, and the gas-powered Project 156, piloted by Jeremy Toye.

After winning their respective classes, they took second and third place overall.

This, by the way, was the 100th anniversary of the PPIHC.

The hair-raising moment of my run came in a fast 100-mph sweeper approaching Upper Gravel Pit, which is well up the course, Canet said about his winning run on the Empulse RR in the PPC-Electric Motorcycle Class.

I slithered across an oil stain at the apex, then again crossing over the double yellow centerline.

In a heart-stopping moment I ran out of road and was off on the dirt shoulder at high speed … The excursion completely killed my drive through the following flat-out right and straight that follows.

Carl Chasin 2016-06-28
img

Tesla Pikes Peak

Every year, the fastest and craziest cars in the world assemble at Pikes Peak, a three-mile hill climb in the Rocky Mountains.

Among the cars on show this year was something unusual — a Tesla Model S, technically a production car, but completely stripped out and turned into a lean, mean, racing machine.

The car was driven by Blake Fuller, CEO of GO Puck, and set a record for the fastest production electric vehicle although production was pretty loosely defined .

This is what they re going to look like

A production car is supposed to be one that s only modified enough to make it safe for racing, by changing seats, removing airbags, installing a rollcage and the like.

Fuller s Tesla did all of that, but the questions seem to be over the battery pack.

Just in case you re wondering what it looks like to charge up a desolate mountain road full-throttle in a modified electric vehicle, there s video.

James Musick 2018-07-11
img

The autonomous overlords are getting stronger every day, and now they're here to take control of your classic cars.

Well, that's not exactly the case yet, but if this autonomous 1965 Ford Mustang serves as a crystal ball and actually does what it's supposed to, this could turn restomodding culture on its head.

That's right, this is an autonomous classic Mustang, and it's going to be climbing the Duke of Richmond's hill at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The bright folks at Siemens, in conjunction with the brainy souls at England's Cranfield University, engineered this classic car with modern computing power, and it is one of the best examples yet of how past and future technology can coexist in harmony.

If you're thinking the old pony was retrofitted with electric or hydrogen power to match modern braun with its electronic brains, think again.

This '65 still gets its power from a fuel-swilling 289-cubic-inch V8 engine sending 200 horsepower through a three-speed transmission, and according to Goodwood's website, the car can be driven like a regular Mustang with just the flick of a switch.

William Jones 2018-07-13
img

All kinds of cars turn up at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed to run up Goodwood’s famous hill climb course, but none have ever done it like this.

Roborace’s autonomous race car, called Robocar successfully navigated the 1.16-mile course without a human driver onboard, becoming the first vehicle to do so.

Roborace hopes to launch a race series for self-driving cars featuring the Robocar.

But so far it’s just conducted a series of high-profile public tests using both the Robocar and an earlier prototype called DevBot.

While the DevBot has a full set of manual controls, the only way for a human being to ride the Robocar would be to jump on top like Slim Pickens riding that nuclear missile in Dr. Strangelove.

Like most self-driving cars, the Robocar uses an array of sensors to orient itself, including radar, lidar, cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and GPS.

Clifford Ketcham 2016-06-29
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What may be the first Tesla Model S race car set a record for production electric vehicles at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The modified Model S was driven by Blake Fuller, founder and CEO of Go Puck, a company that makes wearable battery packs.

Fuller managed to complete the 12.42-mile course in 11:48.264, setting a record for the Electric Production class.

While Pikes Peak also has classes for purpose-built race machines, this class is for electric vehicles based on showroom models.

The sub-12-minute time beat the previous record of around 13 minutes set by a Zero electric motorcycle, and placed the Tesla 65th overall, according to Electrek.

Go Puck s racer was a Model S P90D, with the largest battery pack, 762 horsepower, and all-wheel drive.

James Flachs 2017-06-05
img

Faraday Future announced this morning that its FF 91 electric car will be participating in the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The electric automaker will run the FF 91 in the exhibition class with a "beta-level development vehicle."

That means we're talking close-to-production components, software, vehicle weight and specification.

Fortunately, those specifications are looking pretty beefy out of the box with 1,050 horsepower on tap from its electric all-wheel drive system and four-wheel steering and torque-vectoring.

That should help nicely with the Race to the Clouds' 4,720 foot climb and 156 turns.

Extreme climbs are often a challenge for electric vehicles' thermal management systems, but EVs have at least one massive advantage over gasoline cars.

Robert Drummond 2016-05-23
img

The Tesla Model S has won its share of drag races, but the electric sedan hasn t made as much of an impact in other areas or motorsport.

Next month, though, the Tesla s limits will be tested like never before when a Model S enters the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The Model S will be driven by Blake Fuller, founder and CEO of Go Puck, a maker of wearable battery packs.

The new pack is expected to have less capacity than the stock version, but the car only needs to travel a short distance.

The 12.4-mile course leads racers to the 14,115-foot summit of its eponymous Colorado mountain.

Nobuhiro Monster Tajima finished second in another purpose-built car, the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One.