Last year, Drive eO sent its PP01 electric supercar up Pikes Peak in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - well, part-way up. Driver Janis Horeliks wasn't injured in the crash that ended his run near the Halfway Picnic Grounds. This year, the Latvian team will return to Colorado race again with a Tesla Roadster chassis in the Electric Modified division on Sunday, June 29.

The PP02 is not quite as rowdy as the PP01, with a twin motor system putting about 482 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels compared to last year's car all-wheel-drive setup making about 536 hp. The PP02's liquid-cooled electric motor will get its electrons from a 40-kWh battery pack. The total weight of the car is about 2,337 pounds.

Drive eO's return to Pikes Peak isn't just about getting back in the saddle and winning a single race. The group is using the experience to test new components that it intends to eventually put into later electric supercars. These, according to the press release, are "already on the drawing board." As interesting as it will be to see the PP02 Tesla Roadster 360 attempt to tackle the famous hill again, it should be equally interesting to see what Drive eO is up to next.

See what happened in last year's race in the video below (it's not in English), or read on for the official press release from Drive eO.
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Drive eO Returns to Pikes Peak with Bespoke Tesla Roadster

Rīga, Latvia - Electric motorsport specialists Drive eO are returning to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 29 to test and develop their latest electric drive train system. The team has packaged it into a Tesla Roadster chassis, making the competitive debut in motorsport for Tesla.

Drive eO has dubbed the project PP02 as it builds upon the team's initial attempt at the iconic hill climb competition in 2013 with a prototype supercar eO PP01. The new car features a more modest specification with rear axle powered by 360 kW (peak) twin-motor system and a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The team is aiming to validate the new components ahead of scaling them up for successive electric supercar projects which are already on the drawing board.

The 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will see 72 drivers attempting the treacherous 20 km course to the summit at 4300 m. The overall victory is expected to be decided between the leading entries of Unlimited and Electric Divisions. These include Le Mans winner Romain Dumas (Norma M20), multiple Pikes Peak winner Nabuhiro Tajima (Monster Sport E-Runner), double Dakar rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi MiEV Evo III) and former Pikes Peak bike record holder Greg Tracy (Mitsubishi MiEV Evo III).

Visit ppihc.com for all the race information and check our website and @kdambis on Twitter during the race week for the official updates from the team.


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      danfred311
      • 4 Hours Ago
      600kg car with a Model S drivetrain in would be interesting. It would be fast in a way that's hard to prepare mentally for. 160kg A123 pack. supercharger port. good aero. you aint seen nothing yet.
        DeeCee
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @danfred311
        this year they are testing their electronics and other invisible to the outside stuff, tesla roadster was chosen cause its small, light(for an electric) and it was made as an electric so its easier to put all that stuff in it. last year their car was made for speed, but, sadly, they crashed. same company also were 1st to finish Dakar rally with an electric(range extended) car
          danfred311
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @DeeCee
          I get the use of a light car but if they replace the battery and motor, then why would you ever use a Tesla. Just use a must less expensive Lotus, maybe one with a blown motor
      2 wheeled menace
      • 4 Hours Ago
      Very nice! 2 wheel menace gives his seal of approval!
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 4 Hours Ago
      What's going on in that beautiful mind? Sprekensie englis? The music was English. Keep it on the road this time boys!
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Thank you.
        DeeCee
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        the video is from Latvian TV show about cars they are mostly talking about their experience, how this year it will be easier since its their 2nd year in PP and some other general things, and that this will be important for their future projects
      danfred311
      • 4 Hours Ago
      meh