Millen’s Record-Setting Pikes Peak Drive: Video
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like driving a gigantic cordless power tool on four wheels to over 14,000 feet above sea level, then this video should give you a pretty good idea. Here we ride along with Rhys Millen on board his one-megawatt Drive eO PP03, which he drove to a new electric vehicle record of 9:07.222 and an overall win at this past weekend’s 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Perhaps due to unusual circumstance that saw the finish line move 3,000 feet down the mountain due to bad weather for the fastest classes, it also marked the first time an EV took overall victory at Pikes Peak. Despite losing power to the rear wheels before halfway, Millen’s time was good enough to beat hill-climb legend Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima in his Tajima Rimac E-Runner. However it was still far adrift of the overall record of 8:13.878 set by Sebastian Loeb in 750-horsepower 2013 Peugeot 208 T16.
While Millen was happy to snag the Pikes Peak electric vehicle record, he says he could have gone as much as 30 seconds faster if he had full power for the full distance. But, half a megawatt is still a decent amount of power and more than enough to scare the bejesus out of you, even if you’re watching on a computer. If you have a big screen, take some dramamine.
Check out our recap for a full report on the 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb.