After only five weeks from full containment of one of the largest wildfires in the history of Colorado, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima is returning to his second home – Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. Tajima’s Monster Sport is bringing a newly-designed electric hill climb car called the 2012 E-Runner Pikes Peak Special. It was developed by Tajima’s elite team of engineers specifically for the 90th running of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Tajima is teaming up with the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV) and its chairman, Souichiro Fukutake. “Fukutake-san has always encouraged our project, even when it was only an idea in my head.”
Although Tajima admits he thought the race would be cancelled this year, he says he is ready. His new car looks nothing less than revolutionary. Its drive system is powered purely by electricity, and its sleek, slender shape looks purposeful. The cockpit looks like something out of a fighter jet. Tajima explains his decision to go with the new car. “I will be entering this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with my new electric race car. The reason I made this change is that I would like to help save our beautiful planet earth for our children.”
The primary goal of APEV is to reduce CO2 emissions and other harmful greenhouse gases by promoting cleaner electric vehicles (EV) all over the world. Tajima’s new car fits perfectly into APEV’s mission, as the climb to the summit of the 14,110 foot (4,300m) mountain is arguably the most famous in the world. Cars and motorcycles race up the course at terrifying speeds, sometimes pointed straight at the sky with little margin for error. Tajima is here to make a point: “My intention here is to break my own record with this EV hill climb car and show the world that EVs can be radical and very, very fast.”
Tajima also made a point to speak about the residents of Colorado Springs, the place he considers his second home. “I’d like to express my sympathy to all the people in Colorado Springs who were affected by the wildfires. Also, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to all the fire fighters, emergency crews, volunteer workers, and military personnel who fought fearlessly and selflessly. I am moved by their courage.
“To thank and to show my respect to the residents of Colorado Springs after what they have endured, I will place special ‘Battle the Blaze Fund’ stickers next to my ‘Pray for Japan’ stickers on my electric hillclimb monster. The 90th running of Pikes Peak International HillClimb will be the sign of your strength and hope.”
Tajima concludes, “I am very happy to be back here. Let’s all enjoy the race!”
The official PPIHC race week begins with the technical inspection on August 7th at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Team APEV with Monster Sport have already successfully completed two days of testing near Colorado Springs, and they are ready to make an
electrifying debut with their E-Runner Pikes Peak Special. Practice starts on August 8th, and race day follows on August 12th.