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  • May 16th 2012 at 7:58PM
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Last year, a BMW i8 plug-in hybrid was featured in the Tom Cruise-starring Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. This year, another BMW electric-drive vehicle is looking to make a star performance, and without the editing or tricky camera angles.

A 1995 BMW M3 has been retrofitted with a 420-horsepower electric motor and will compete in the "electric" heat in this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, aka the 90th Race to the Clouds.

EV West, which built the car, posted a minute-long video on YouTube showing the car laying waste to a poor set of tires. EV West is based in San Marcos, Calif., about 35 miles (or, in this little beast, about 20 minutes) north of San Diego.

About 100 cars and about 120 motorcycles will be competing in the Pikes Peak competition in July, including six other electric vehicles. See the complete list here, and scroll down below to watch the video.


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      islandboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      What would be really interesting is to see Mate Rimac's BMW E30 tackle pikes peak. I guess that without some corporate sponsorship, the cost and hassle of shipping the car from Croatia would be worth it. That bimmer kicks A$$. It was built to drift.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fond memories. I had a '96 328is. Bit on the heavy side, but surely a fun car to convert over. Only thing that worried me is that the rear differential just loved to tear out on that car if you beat on it hard enough. There will be a lot of electric stuff going up the peak now, yay!
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        What about your E-bike entry that you were working on? What happened with that?
      • 3 Years Ago
      my name is jack, I am very interested in electric cars. I've done some experimentation with electric cars. I was invented an electric car without using a lot of batteries, just 2 batteries using 24 volt system. I change the power of electric motors to 330 hp 420 nm of torque (according to my calculations) with a devices that I created and all of them rely on mechanical means. This machine will be installed on my 1990 Mercedes Benz 300E W124. I have designed a machine that would change the world, protecting nature for zero emissions, do not need to charging. and do not need cost to travel a short distance or long distance. the problem is, I ran out of money to complete this project, I was rely on money from my father. I need donations from you all. if i have completed my project, I'll upload the video to this website. . any amount of donation can finish my project. please support me ... my paypal: jackbenz555@gmail.com. thanks for attention
      karlInSanDiego
      • 3 Years Ago
      A few years ago, I heard a rebuild on a M3 engine was running into 5 digits ($13k was one quote on Metric's website). At that price, it stands to reason, someone blewed one up and decided it was time for some e-
      Pin2Hot
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will people ever learn to TURN DOWN THE MUSIC? I want to hear this machine, I can listen to Justice anytime!
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      All very exciting, and very good publicity for EV's.
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