On Sunday, June 25th, 2017, Colorado Springs will host the 95th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) — an annual invitational automobile and motorcycle race to the summit of Pikes Peak.
The PPIHC takes place on a 12.42 mile public toll-road which includes 156 turns and a total 4,720 ft. climb — beginning at Mile 7 marker on the Pikes Peak Highway (altitude: 9,390 ft.) and ending at the Pike’s Peak summit (altitude: 14,115 ft.). As racing altitude increases, the air thins. This impacts drivers and riders by slowing reflexes and depleting both mental and muscle strength. The thin air also robs internal combustion engines of up to 30% of the power they are capable of at the Start Line. Drivers need to be in peak condition to compete — and so do their cars.
Electric vehicles racing up the Peak will have a distinct advantage. Why?