This year’s fastest run was clocked by Rhys Millen in his eO PP03, the drift driver’s 1,368bhp, all-electric prototype clocking a time of 9 minutes 7 seconds at an average speed of 79mph (127km/h).
That’s right, the fastest car at this year’s Pikes Peak was powered by batteries. Welcome to the future, all.
The Latvia-built PP03 uses a 50kWh lithium-ion battery (around double the capacity of that found in, say, the Nissan Leaf) feeding no fewer than six electric motors – three on each axle – with a combined 1,368bhp and no less than 1,593 pound-feet of torque.
Now we have a video of the entirety of Millen’s record-breaking run, and it makes for oddly hypnotic, weirdly muted viewing. There’s a strange sort of purity in watching the four-wheel-drive racer carve up Pikes in near silence, the traditional scream of engine replaced by… well, nothing very much at all, really.
Of course, Millen’s time is still nearly a minute shy of Sébastien Loeb’s outright PP record, the French rallyist recording a deranged 8m13.8s in 2013 in his 875bhp Peugeot 208 T16.
Watch that run here. How long do you reckon it’ll be before an EV beats Seb’s time?
A version of this story originally appeared on TopGear.com.
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