Hollywood Electrics won the title for Electric Production Bike at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) again. The Los Angeles based electric motorcycle dealership swept all three podium spots at Pikes Peak this year as well. Of course I should make it clear that they were the only team competing in the Electric Production Bike class this year and they had three riders. So taking the top podium spots wasn’t exactly a challenge, but still we are writing about it here on Electric Motorcycle Club. Hey, what do you expect when the market for electric motorcycles is so small? 🙂
The Hollywood Electrics team is sponsored by Zero Motorcycles and they raced on 2015 Zero SR’s which are the company’s top-of-the-line performance models. Jeff Clark took the top spot again which he has won three years in a row against the other Hollywood Electrics riders. See our article on Jeff Clark’s Pikes Peak lap up the mountain. The other riders were Nathan Barker and Brandon Nozaki Miller.
The other electric motorcycles at Pikes Peak this season was for the Electric Modified Bike class. The field was small as well with only two teams competing. Yoshihiro Kishimoto racing for Mirai, a team based out of Japan, and there was Joe Prussiano riding for Buckeye Current, which is a student team from Ohio State University.
We hope to see more production and custom electric motorcycles competing in the future at Pikes Peak.
Zero Motorcycles Sweeps Pikes Peak Podium [Press Release]
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., — Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced today that it swept the podium at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In partnership with Hollywood Electrics, the team successfully defended its title as fastest in the production electric motorcycle class. 2015 marks the third consecutive year that a Zero motorcycle took the overall win in the category. This year, the riders chose to compete on the Zero SR model.
Scot Harden, vice president of Global Marketing at Zero, was on hand for the event. “Zero Motorcycles is extremely proud of the results and effort put forth by the Hollywood Electrics team,” said Harden. “Their passion for electric motorcycles and racing is second to none, as proven again at the world’s most prestigious hill climb event. Our heartfelt thanks to Harlan Flagg and Thomas Ito, as well as the racers, Jeff Clark, Nathan Barker, Brandon Nozaki Miller and the entire Hollywood Electrics support crew.”
Jeff Clark defended his production electric motorcycle class title with a time of 12:06.346, followed by Nathan Barker in second at 12:37.161, and Brandon Nozaki Miller in third at 13:10.894. Beyond the production class, Zero powered the fastest overall electric motorcycle in the modified electric category, as ridden by Yoshihiro Kishimoto. Kishimoto posted a blistering time of 10:58.861, which was good for 29th of all vehicles entered.
One of Jeff Clark’s rides up the mountain’s famous 12.42-mile course with 156 turns can be seen here: https://youtu.be/EuzJ7gQXNww
2015 may be remembered as a tipping point for electric vehicle racing, as the fastest vehicle at the event was an electric car driven by multiple Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner, Rhys Millen. “Whether it’s on two wheels or four, electric technology is progressing at an astonishing rate,” said Scot Harden of Zero Motorcycles. “Electric vehicles are now undeniably a force to be reckoned with in international competition.”
About Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Every model is designed and built in California. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.