Rhys Millen to challenge Monster Tajima at Pikes Peak
Rhys Millen, NewZealander racer with US-address, experienced in drifting and rallycross, once again will participate in Pikes Peak International HillClimb, the race which his father Rod Millen has won five times and Rhys was fastest once. Millen will attack a record in the electric division with brand new electric car called PP03 made by Latvian company Drive eO.
We already published that Japanese racing legend Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima, nine time winner of Pikes Peak, also will contest with 1MW electric Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One made by Croatian manufacturer Rimac Automobili. Back in 90’s Rod Millen was the biggest rival of Tajima and now his son again will get a chance to beat a 64-years old Japanese.
Latvian based engineering company Drive eO is renown as first to enter and complete Dakar Rally with a hybrid electric vehicle. Their next project is PP03, all-wheel drive electric race car with 1020 kW (1367 hp) and 2160 Nm of peak torque. Top speed of 260 km/h and a kerb weight of just 1150 kg are some other stunning specifications.
The competition takes place on Sunday June 28. 75 cars and 70 bikes are on entry list. Both Tajima and Millen are previous record holder and targeting overall win and new record for electric vehicles. Record holder at 19,99 km long track in electric category is Greg Tracy with Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III (9.08.188 minutes). Record holder in Unlimited class is Sebastien Loeb with Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak (8.13.878).