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Japanese auto racer goes electric, and aims to make history | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Japanese auto racer goes electric, and aims to make history
‘Monster’ Tajima’s successful battery-car assault on the world’s most prestigious hill climb is part of a broader campaign about climate change — and a vote for clean transportation.
Thu, Sep 12 2013 at 10:51 AM

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Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Global Warming

The Pikes Peak E-Runner Special has two electric motors totaling 400 kilowatts and a 50-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. That translates into serious muscle. (Photo: Jim Motavalli)

HONOLULU, HAWAII — His nickname is “Monster,” which he got not because he’s bigger than most Japanese guys (which he is) but because of his wild driving style. Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima is one of the most respected race drivers in Japan, and he’s just gone electric.

In June, Tajima (below) won the electric class at the fabled Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a fearsome carbon fiber-bodied battery car he largely built himself, with support from a Japanese business man worried about global warming.


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