• May 21, 2012
Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima owns Pikes Peak, having summited quicker than anyone else these past six years. As we told you a little while back, his 2012 ascent will take place in a battery-powered racer for Team APEV (Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles). That car, the Monster Sport E-RUNNER Pikes Peak Special, has just been revealed.

The wraps came off this weekend in Tokyo at Toyota's Mega Web automotive theme park and, with a carbon fiber body and bubble roof, it looks pretty amazing. Unfortunately, no specifications have been released so far, but we suspect it has enough electric ponies to best his world-beating 9:51.278 record set just last year. Especially considering the path to the top will have no gravel road segments, as it has in years past.

You can watch the covers being pulled off publicly for the first time, along with bonus footage of it in action on the track, by simply scrolling below.





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      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      HEY DOMINICK!!! A story on emerging bio fuels, including a plant set to open that will produce 62.5 million gallons a year: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/21/uk-biofuels-plants-idUSLNE84K00320120521 No no, no need to credit me....
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nananananananananananananananana Batman!
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uh oh . . . his little 'T' logo looks like the Tesla 'T' badge. Then again, Tesla should want to be associated with this cool car.
      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, yes ! Very exciting ! Great imagery for EV technology .
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      So . . . is that car going beat all the gas-powered competition? (Or at least come close?) Quite the down-pressure with the scoop in the front and the tail in the back. That things is going to grip the road like crazy.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who signed Batman up for the Pike's Peak challenge?
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      probably not optimal but looks reasonably rational. it seems to be smaller than it looks without a person in it which is also good. should be interesting. not sure why the front shovel has such a thick lip though. and why not make the rear spoiler variable. you only need that for tight corners. that has to produce a lot of drag
        Gary Birch
        • 34 Minutes Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Watch some videos of the climb and you will understand the "thick lip"
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      This crap is maybe good for a lap or two.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Although there's no mention of power output, here's an interview with Nobuhiro where he gives a bit more detail about the beast: http://www.emotorsportnews.com/team-news/2012/04/nobuhiro-monster-tajima-explains-his-decision-to-go-electric/
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      That motor sounds beastly from afar on the race track. And low RPM as well. I think they tuned it for maximum torque and are going for the 'big block' approach. i like it!!!!! The bad news for me is that it looks like after 3 years of allowing eBikes up pike's peak, the jerk running the bike version of the pike's peak hill climb is about 90% likely to not allow eBikes. He also gave me attitude over the phone about wanting to take an eBike up the hill, and hasn't responded to my calls since after saying 'well, i don't know what we'll do about ebikes'. This is 2 months before the race, after i spent 6 months working on my ride. Motorcycle registration is closed and won't allow my bike anyway. so i will not be there, and am pretty crushed :| Can't wait to see how this goes though. This bat-mobile is going to cut a hole in the space-time continuum, no doubt.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 34 Minutes Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Dave; the highway is closed to bicycles all year and only gets opened when you have major $$$. I don't have that $$$, nor the connections with the right people to make it happen.. There are only about a dozen people who want to compete, so it would not be economically viable to do it. I would not want to deal with the legal/formal stuff either.
        DaveMart
        • 34 Minutes Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Hi 2WM. That's a real downer! Is there any way you could organise a separate bike enthusiast climb?
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