Yokohama Advan ENV-R2 takes on Pikes Peak
Yokohama Tire Corp.'s Advan ENV-R2 orange oil-infused race tires will take on Pikes Peak in the new Electric Vehicle Class on June 27.
Once again, Yokohama tires will be on a Sanyo battery-powered electric buggy driving a new AC Propulsion engine in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Last year with Japanese driver Ikuo Hanawa behind the wheel, the Yokohama-sponsored EV buggy sported off-road Geolandar tires and placed second in its class, just missing the EV world record by 13 seconds.
Hanawa is back piloting the new EV Sports Concept HER-02 buggy, but this time it will have the ENV-R2 tires, which cut petroleum use in the manufacturing process by 20% by utilizing sustainable resources such as orange oil and natural rubber.
"Yokohama is the only tire company to have perfected this science," says Mark Chung, Yokohama director, corporate strategy and planning. "The ENV-R2, the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only environmentally friendly race tire, is campaigned on Porsche 911 GT3 cars in two sports cars series, including an endurance race."
Chung said "the Pikes Peak race is a different beast, but we feel the ENV-R2 will handle the hill quite well. And the fact that the orange oil tires are on an electric race vehicle is perfect for Yokohama. It certainly fits our longstanding commitment to innovation, technology and the environment."
The orange oil technology developed by YokohamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s motorsports division is part of the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s overall global environmental strategy. The proprietary technology, which combines orange oil with natural rubber to form a new compound called "Super Nano-Power Rubber," is used in race tires and YokohamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dB Super E-specTM, an everyday passenger car tire that debuted in July 2009.
Under pristine conditions at the 89th running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, veteran Nissan racing champion Chad Hord piloted the Nissan Leaf into history, setting the initial record in the Hill Climb's electric production vehicle class. The Leaf completed the 12.42-mile run in a respectable 14 minutes 33 seconds. Though the Leaf was virtually stock, it outgunned some competitors with modified internal combustion engines.
Monster Tajima preparing an electric race car for the 2012 Pike's Peak Hill Climb
This is the 2012 Pikes Peak entry for EV West. 1995 BMW M3 (currently) running on a Net-Gain HV11 and a Evnetics Shiva. For more information please visit evwest.com or visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/electricVehicleWest
Monster Tajima leads the Electric class, setting a bogey time 14 seconds ahead of Fumio Nutahara (toyota TMG EV P002)
Fumio Nutahara, a famous Japanese Rally car star, won the Electric Division behind the wheel of a Toyota Motorsport Gmbh, taking the demanding 12.42 mike course to the summit of the mountain with a time of 10:15.380. Another famous Japanese rally star, 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.
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 auto was towed off the course.
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sk8norcal wrote:another ev at PP,
#311 HCE Lightning XP12: Elias Anderson
http://www.motorsport.com/hillclimb/pho ... 44840&i=60
Hi everyone, Some of you may know that NovaRace designed and built a rolling chassis/body assembly for an electric powered racecar for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. We designed and built the chassis for a Texan racer, engineer and fabricator Elias Anderson. Elias had seen our F600 car and thought that the chassis design fit his needs and was right in line with his concept of a small and very light electric powered race car. In the space of a couple of month I designed and built, with Dave Piontek (Piontek Engineering) a redesign of our new F600 chassis but built to the saftey rules of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (full roll cage etc). I re-designed the back of the car around the electric motor and battery package that was supplied by his motor supplier. The majority of the chassis design is exactly the same as our new F600 but with wider 10" diameter wheels and bigger Hoosier tires. It has the same body, suspension geometry, brakes etc as our new F600.
Elias Anderson received the rolling chassis/body from us a few months ago and in that time he totally assembled and finished the completed race car. This of course included installation of the batteries, motor, controller and wireing as well as all the paint and fab work required to finish the car to a raceable state. A massive task for such a short period of time and this project would be no where without Elias's brilliant concept and hard work.
Now to the exciting news. This little monster, with Elias Anderson at the wheel, works. The car has a 240hp electric motor and weighs 880lbs ready to race. This Wednesday Elias Anderson has qualified the new NovaKar for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb 3rd in the electric car class and 6th OVERALL for all cars. Today (Friday) he was only 13 seconds slower than the Toyota Factory Electric Car effort on the top section of the hill. What and accomplishment for Elias Anderson and all who have worked with him.
Elias is excited with the potential of the car and since this was his very first time up the hill he is jumping up and down excited for when he gets more time on the hill.
What a huge thrill for all of us involved with this very cool project. MANY THANKS to Elias Anderson for giving us the opportunity to work with him on this project.
This car is an electric motor powered version of our new F600 car. (See this link for details and pics of the car). http://www.formula500.org/viewtopic.php?t=4196
Here is a link to Pikes Peak for qualifying result: http://www.usacracing.com/ppihc/ts/2012
Stay tuned for pics of our brand new F600 that we will be showing the world very soon.
Here is a picture of the car on the Hill during qualifying.
These were the top 5 finishing cars from fifth to first. The first car is an Evo driven by David Kern with a time of 10:20.774. He came in seventh overall and second in the time attack class. Next is Fumio Nutahara in an electric Toyota TMG EVP002 with a time of 10:15.380. He came in sixth overall and first in the electric class. After that is David Donner in a Palatov D4PPS with a time of 10:04.652 for fifth overall and first in the unlimited class. Then Romain Dumas driving a Porsche GT3R had a time of 9:46.181 for second overall and first in the Pikes Peak Open Class. And first overall and first in the Time Attack Class was Rhy Millen driving a Hyundai Genesis with a time of 9:46.164. Both Rhys Millen and Romain Dumas broke the previous overall record of 9:51.278 held by Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima.
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