ERJ staff report (DS)
Tokyo - For the 2012 Pikes Peak electric vehicle run, Yokohama is to use the same vehicle, but with new tyres. Pikes Peak is a hill climb held in Colorado, US, in which teams demonstrate the performance of their electrically-powered vehicles as they climb from 2,862-meters to the 4,301-meter (about 14,110.8 feet) summit, participants cover a 20-kilometer (about 12.4 miles) course.
The 2012 event takes place on 8 June 2012, and Yokohama will fit last year's vehicle with BluEarth-A tyres, a new product in the BluEarth fuel-efficient tyre line incorporating the latest environmental technologies, including orange oil compounding technology. Yokohama will thus be competing with a zero-emission vehicle running on fuel-efficient tyres.
Starting this year, the surface will be tarmac all the way up, but the course and conditions remain daunting, with 156 turns and rapidly changing temperatures and weather.
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Press release from Yokohama