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Zero Motorcycles To Race The 100th Anniversary Of The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

Written by  April 20, 2016

Zero Motorcycles, one of the leading electric motorcycle manufacturers, has announced that it will compete in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in partnership with the Hollywood Electrics Racing team.

This year, the Hollywood Electrics Racing team returns as the three-time Electric Production Class winner to defend titles from 2013, 2014 and 2015. Jake Holden (#59) and Mark Miller (#10) will race two race-prepped Zero FXS.

The all new Zero FXS race-prepped machines will be debuting exclusive performance parts by Hollywood Electrics. These bikes boast an incredible 70 ft-lb of torque yet weigh under 300 pounds. Made in Santa Cruz, California, these electric motorcycles are able to deliver consistent performance at any altitude, unaffected by the thin air that wreaks havoc on the fuel mixture of their internal combustion powered counterparts. 2016 zero-fxs

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Also known as The Race to the Clouds, PPIHC is an annual invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA every year on the last Sunday of June.

Founded in 1916 by Spencer Penrose (also the founder of The Broadmoor Hotel, Pikes Peak Highway and El Pomar Foundation), the PPIHC takes place on a 12.42 mile (19.99 km) public toll-road boasting 156 turns. The competitors climb 4,720 ft. (1,440 m.) -- from the 9,390 ft. (2,862 m.) Start Line at Mile 7 marker on the Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115 ft. (4,300 m) Finish Line at the mountain’s summit. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps competitor’s mental and muscle strength in addition to robbing internal combustion engines of up to 30% of the power they are capable of at the Start Line. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape and condition simply to finish, let alone win.

Read more about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb here.  

Read the press release here.   

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