Japanese Rally driver Fumio Nutahara has won the Pikes Peak Electric Division behind the wheel of a Toyota Motorsport Gmbh TMG P002, taking the 12.42 mile course to the summit of the mountain in a time of 10:15.380. Another Japanese rally driver, Hiroshi Masuoka, was second in his Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution, with a time of 10:30.850. Defending champion Ikuo Hanawa of Japan finished fifth. These times beat the previous EV record of 12:20:084 set in 2011 by AC Propulsion.
Japan’s Nobuhiro Tajima, running in the Electric Auto Division after six straight Unlimited titles, was forced out of the running by a fire in the cockpit of his electric entry as he began the first leg. Tajima was unhurt, and the vehicle was towed off the course.