ERJ staff report (DS)
Tokyo Yokohama Rubber is marking two successes at the Pikes Peak mountain climb for electric vehicles. The event took place on Pikes Peak Colorado, US over the weekend of 12 August, having been postponed due to forest fires in the state.
The company said its electric vehicle (EV) racing car equipped with Advan A048 tyres - participating for the first time - won the EV class and finished 6th overall in the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, in a time of 10:15.380.
Another vehicle participating in the EV class - running on Yokohama's new fuel-efficient "BluEarth-A" - marked its best time ever of 11:58.974.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is also called the "Race to the Clouds." Racing to the 4,301-meter summit, participants cover a 20-kilometer course beginning at the 2,862-meter level. Marking its 90th year, the Pikes Peak hill climb has the second longest history in the United States, after the Indianapolis 500.
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Press release from Yokohama