Winding Road Adventures Racing intends to convert its 2015 Pikes Peak Challenge Vintage-winning car from internal combustion to electric, with the goal of entering it in the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday June 30, 2019.
The No.167 1973 Porsche 911 RSR will be converted using Zero Motorcycles’ EV powertrain; the goal is to break the car’s existing record of 10:50.019, set in 2017 with a third-place finish in the Pikes Peak Challenge Open class.
The car is expected to begin its transformation into its 2019 EV configuration immediately.
“Electric vehicles have become dominant in the PPIHC and this was clearly the way to go for us as we continue to develop the car,” said crew chief Mark Stolberg.
“Electric vehicles are uniquely suited to this race, with their instant torque, immunity to altitude, and improved simplicity and reliability.”
WRA will benefit from the guidance of members of Renovo Auto (with Formula E experience), Bill Rader Motorsports (Daytona and Le Mans-winning experience), and Tim Eckert, a pioneer in PPIHC EV efforts, among others.
“The technology being used in this car demonstrates that EVs are moving into all corners of motorsport without a huge R&D effort to compete, as has been the case in the past,” said Renovo Auto CEO Chris Heiser. “This exposes EV tech to a wider audience. We are excited to be involved with this effort”.
Organizations interested in participating, whether in a technical or sponsorship role are encouraged to contact the team at Winding Road Adventures (WRA) Racing.