End of June marked the 93rd running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, in which foolhardy chaps tackle a 12.4-mile (20km), winding track to the top of the titular Colorado peak, hopefully without plummeting off the side.

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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