European car sales up 8% in February

European car sales up 8% in February

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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

February 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Classic Toyota 2000GT turned into solar-powered EV

Classic Toyota 2000GT turned into solar-powered EV

January 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Classics , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Technology , Toyota , Tokyo Auto Salon , Electric Saying the Toyota 2000GT holds a special place in our hearts is akin to calling oxygen and water kind of important to our survival. The long-nose two-door was envisioned as a suitable competitor to the likes of the European sports cars rolling out Italy and the UK at the time, and in many ways, the Toyota was far superior. Built at a time when Japan Inc. wasn’t exactly known for beautiful automobile designs, the 2000GT may have been influenced by European cars of its day, but it has stood the test of time as one of the country’s all-time design greats. The low-volume coupe is a piece of automotive legend, which is exactly why choosing to use a 2000GT as a platform for an electric conversion strikes us equal parts blasphemous and awesome. But that’s exactly what Japan’s Crazy Car Project has done. The engineers behind the exercise ditched the standard 2.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine in favor of a 161-horsepower electric motor. A 35kWh lithium-ion battery provides the system with power, and the hood has been covered with photovoltaic cells to help keep the car going. Likewise, the back glass is covered in a transparent solar panel. All told, the system can propel the vehicle to around 124 mph.

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