Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Toyota , Electric The 91st running of the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled to begin on June 30. Like last year’s event , the 12.42 mile course – fully paved these days – starts at 9,390 feet elevation and doesn’t stop climbing until it reaches an impressive 14,110 feet (the air is so thin up there that the FAA requires pilots to use oxygen at that altitude). There will be an assortment of internal combustion machines racing to the summit, entries from France, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Belgium, but all eyes will be on the electric showdown between Rod Millen and Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima , from Japan. 61-year-old Millen is a familiar name to Toyota racing fans, and he will be driving the Toyota TMG EV P002 (it won the Electric title last year), while Tajima will be again piloting the Monster Sport E-Runner (which was forced out of the field last year after a fire broke out). Other entrants include Rhys Millen driving a 2013 Hyundai PM58OT and Paul Dallenbach , who will be driving Millen’s Hyundai Genesis Coupe (it set the all-time speed mark last year). Tickets and camping permits may be purchased online at the PPIHC official site , and the official press release announcing Millen’s run is available below . Continue reading Rod Millen to face Monster Tajima in Electric Division of Pikes Peak Hill Climb Rod Millen to face Monster Tajima in Electric Division of Pikes Peak Hill Climb originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: New York Auto Show , Sedan , Toyota When we read through the press materials for the new 2013 Toyota Avalon , we had to double-check… had we downloaded the release for the wrong car? Because right here it says, “In Sport mode, throttle response is enhanced and steering effort is weighted… to offer a sportier character.” And what’s this about paddle shifters? This is the Avalon, the car that replaced the Mercury Grand Marquis in the hearts, minds and garages of Florida retirees. But yes, we had the right car. Apparently Toyota is serious about developing more interesting and youthful products, and it’s off to a good start with the Avalon, based on what we have heard and seen at the New York Auto Show today. The car was developed, styled and engineered in the United States, and it will be built here too, at Toyota’s Georgetown, KY, plant. While that doesn’t mean much without a product that can deliver the goods, we like most of what we see. From the A-pillar on back, the new Avalon looks long and sleek and seems to have a lot of BMW inspiration in its design.