"Monster" Tajima and Giti Tire Showcase Electric Vehicle Technology at Pikes Peak
Famed road racer Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima turned in an "electrifying" performance in the 93rd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, placing second overall in his 1.1MW (megawatt) electric racing car riding on special GitiCompete tires.
It was indeed a peek into the future as electric vehicles nabbed the top two finishing positions. Rhys Millen was the overall winner in his electric vehicle. In taking second place, Tajima recorded his best time on the mountain at 09:32:401. He won the electric division on Giti tires in 2013 with a time of 09:46:53 - both incredible times considering that the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak course features 156 turns and an elevation climb of almost 5,000 feet to the 14,110-foot summit. It is regarded as one of the racing world's most challenging events for driver and machine.
Giti Tire has provided tires and sponsorship for Tajima's electric vehicle at Pikes Peak for the third consecutive year. Team APEV (Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles) and Tajima's company, MONSTER SPORT, teamed up with Rimac Automobili to create a technological marvel; the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One is powered by four independent electric motors, giving the car a total power of more than 1.1 MW, which translates into 1,475 horsepower.
There are no gearboxes or differentials on the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One. The power of each independent motor is transferred to each wheel by an innovative chain drive system developed specifically for this project, which saves weight and space. The highly-advanced electric vehicle competed on GITICompete GTR1 tires (sized 340/710-18).
Tajima thanked Giti Tire for "developing the tires in a very tight timeframe in order to accommodate the huge power output" of his new electric vehicle.
"Giti technology was on full display today on the mountain and we are very pleased with the results," said Armand Allaire, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. "We wish to congratulate Monster Tajima on achieving his all-time personal best and look forward to even greater results next year after his team and our engineers have had a full year of fine tuning and testing."
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