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    Default OT Electric car sets new record at pikes peak

    This is pretty impressive for an electric car to break the overall record of fastest time ever for ANY car.
    Seven minutes, 57.148 seconds
    It had a real driver not like the self drive cars
    The Neat Engineering VW Used to Smash the Pikes Peak Record | WIRED

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    Pretty sure she'd eat my 92 Corrado SLC VR6. SO.... MUCH.... TORQUE!!!!!!

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    Bumping this to move this conversation out of the rockies thread.
    I was looking at Pikes Peak records and noticed motorcycles do not do well here. This car beat the fastest motorcycle by almost 2 min?
    Why are bikes so slow here?
    Here are the current records:
    http://ppihc.org/wp-content/uploads/...ce-Records.pdf

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    Karts are the fastest on almost any smooth course.

    Bikes win when the going gets rough.

    PP is smooth. It's a road race. with gravel...

    Karts would win overall, hands down!

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    Why no karts at pikes peak then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob F. View Post
    Why no karts at pikes peak then?
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    karts are for kids

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    Did they really win, or did VW just fake the data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob F. View Post
    Why no karts at pikes peak then?
    The road is wide enough that the power trade off to vehicle size changes things.
    But really, the fastest at PP are just big karts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguels244 View Post
    The road is wide enough that the power trade off to vehicle size changes things.
    But really, the fastest at PP are just big karts.
    I guess you are trying to say the electric VW is a kart?

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    Electric motors are missing the important sports-entertainment element of sound. IC engines connect with humans on a visceral level that electric motors do not. And the Peak hasn't been gravel for years now.

    TOYO TIRES | Ken Block’s Climbkhana: Pikes Peak Featuring the Hoonicorn V2 - YouTube

    Yeah, I know this isn't racing competition but for thrill value I'd rate it ahead of watching a kart...or anything running on batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob F. View Post
    I guess you are trying to say the electric VW is a kart?
    Standing next to them they sure feel that way.
    Especially true when the purpose built open wheelers ruled the hill.

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    The change in air density is a big deal at Pikes, VW has an advantage with the battery tech which is perfect for a quick race that rewards instant torque and constant power.

    Karts would need a turbo setup to be competitive, and while the whole course is now paved (no more gravel stages), the road's not too smooth, and lack of suspension compliance would hinder a kart.

    Motorcycles lose out due to traction out of corners being less than a car, as well as needing a turbo (again, air density). As the course is twisty with lots of corners, even a good two wheel drive electric bike would suffer.

    And Larry, that was a low blow (but funny!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Dickman View Post
    Did they really win, or did VW just fake the data?
    Is it more believable since the car is not diesel?

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    Trump made no mention of it being fake News so I guess VW did win. Of course he could change his mind at anytime. Why didn't GM win he will ask..terrible terrible..
    Bil lD

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    Not even the same race anymore now that its all paved... cool to see any race tech. Electric is the future no matter how you feel about it.

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    I am not sure what the big deal is. Electric motors produce full torque at near 0 rpm, hence they have no need for gears thus can accelerate quicker. Combine that with multiple electric motors you can have software give each wheel the appropriate power for the conditions.

    It is a no brainer that electric is better then fossil fuel engines. However lets put that car in a 12 hour race and see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC99 View Post
    I am not sure what the big deal is. Electric motors produce full torque at near 0 rpm, hence they have no need for gears thus can accelerate quicker. Combine that with multiple electric motors you can have software give each wheel the appropriate power for the conditions.

    It is a no brainer that electric is better then fossil fuel engines. However lets put that car in a 12 hour race and see how it goes.
    Should be able to change out a battery pack in a pit stop, similar to adding fuel in a tank. Or thinking more to future a quick blast of juice to recharge supercapacitors.
    The VW electric was designed for Pikes Peak, another car would be needed for lemans or other endurance races.

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    No longer a real race or even a real time trial.
    Paved and short. Electric will rule this in time.
    No way what it once was but times change.
    If Vee-dub electric beats all others then they should be celebrated as king of the hill with all the accolades and bow down to them.
    You build to race what is in front of you. A 1/4 mile powertrain will not do Lemans. A 24-48 hour motor will not run with the short guys.

    It's a win and record, you can not deny or cry about it. You can only try to beat it.
    Talk all you want about this or that. Set the new record in the motorsports books. Own the title for a few years.
    Feel all tall and bulletproof for a bit, .....and then "they" come to clean your clock.
    Bob

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    Pikes Peak Hill Climb 1998/1999 - Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima / Suzuki "Escudo" Grand Vitara - YouTube

    Records be damned... there was just something cool about half paved half dirt.

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    The dirt is gone.
    A victim of it's popularity.


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