The car we were most excited to see at this year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb was undoubtedly Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima's new one-off electric racer. The radically styled car, called the 2012 Monster Sport E-Runner Pikes Peak Special, represents a new challenge for the Japanese racer, who has won the event every since since 2007 and has set the overall course record twice including last year.

Of course, with a new race car comes unexpected problems. While Tajima managed to run each of the practice days trouble-free – and fast – he sadly wasn't able to complete the race this past weekend due to electrical problems. His quest to remain king of the mountain and hold the best time not only the Electric division but overall will have to wait until next year.

Monster's time on the mountain wasn't completely fruitless, though, as he came away with some great footage of his practice runs from various angles on the car courtesy of GoPro. Scroll down to watch the videos for yourself.




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      SublimeKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Note to performance electric car manufacturers... this turbine sound is what you should be shooting for.
        ToyotaSupraMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        If racing has to go electric it may as well make cars sound like jet fighters. *BWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHWEHEHEEWOOOOWAAAAAAAAAA*
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      you know what would be great? An elevation real-time meter on the right in the video :D
      Pouso-G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey look! It's one of these electric japanese car of the future everybody was laughing at in the 80's! :D ...well, it get's close... ;)
        Carma Racing
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pouso-G
        There were over 50,000 electric cars sold in the US before 1930. They fell out of favor because gasoline cars got a lot better and the electrics had poor range. Gasoline cars are still better and electrics still have poor range.
      Hi There Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      In a weird kind of way it sounds good.
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kinda sounds like a racing gearbox... with nothing attached to it. Takes some getting used to in a video like this, you can usually tell by the engine note when/where the driver is really pushing it, this is definitely harder to get excited about. But awesome, just awesome! Go electricity, go!
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      very quite and fast! and that smooth acceleration! amazing)
      AXEL
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would rather see an Escudo :(
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AXEL
        And the first time you saw the Escudo, you said you'd rather see a bicycle?
      avconsumer2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Heh! Golf cart on steroids. Torquey little f**ker!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      1.21 Gigawatts
      Kevin Potts
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a teen I got involved in radio control electric cars, after awhile you start to appreciate the electric whine sound. So much in fact that you can instantly recognize different brands of electric motors as well as their estimated rpms. In other words...your hearing becomes smarter as more you are around them. I say to the motorheads who love the roar of big engines...just give it time. You'll be glad not to have to wear ear plugs to enjoy racing.
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