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.
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.