Rhys Millen’s Record-Breaking 100th Anniversary Pikes Peak Run | Hyundai Project IONIQ | Hyundai

Rhys Millen’s Record-Breaking 100th Anniversary Pikes Peak Run | Hyundai Project IONIQ | Hyundai


(dramatic music) – [Announcer] He’s fast, but is he enough. The EV record holds in the balance. (siren wails) (dramatic music) – We’re just north of Los Angeles here at Willow Springs Raceway,
in Rosamond, California for the first test of 2016
with the all new and improved PP100 Pike’s Peak electric car. To understand an electric vehicle, you kind of have to experience it first hand behind the wheel. It was a new experience for me last year, and one of the things
that we had to balance on the car was power delivery. We’ve added a fourth motor
to the rear differential and Hankook built us a
special grippy compound tire. This year celebrates the
96th running, the 100th year the event has been in competition. We’re excited to be back
representing the Millen name, representing all the brands
that have supported us over the years to get here,
and out for another challenge not only to go sub nine
with an all electric car, the first time that’s ever been done, but to defend our overall
title and win again. (crickets chirping) It’s been a fun year, mentally trying to figure out the balance. On paper, you think, oh softer is better. I think it was just unbalancing the car. (dramatic music) One of the biggest challenges
about coming to Pike’s Peak as a toll road is only once a year for race week is it a race course. So there’s no rubber on the road, there’s no groove, there’s no line. And the conditions change
within not the hour, within the minute. Yesterday we had snow up
on top of the mountain on our first run, today for qualifying, 40 degree road temperatures. We had to wait for the road to warm up, to strategize when we
could put in our best time. (alarm wails) (engine roars) The goal this year is simple: go sub nine in an all electric vehicle. Outside of that, lower our
time that we set last year and win the electric division overall. (dramatic music) My father’s experience
here on the mountain is impeccable, handing down so many years of traits, tricks, and secrets. Even though I’ve been here 22 years. – You gotta have a lot of respect for Pike’s Peak- it can bite. You know, how many roads go to 14,000 feet let alone have a bunch of very
determined racecar drivers wanna be the fastest on the mountain. The most important thing
is perhaps the patience that you have to have with Pike’s Peak. Before Rhys came along,
I had about 13 years of experience on the mountain, and so I was able to
show him all the things that I’d learned and
he’s taken it from there. (dramatic music) (tires squeal) (dramatic music intensifies) – [Announcer] Welcome race fans. It’s a beautiful day on the mountain for the 100th anniversary of
the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb. (dramatic music) We’re on the start line where
Rhys will make his attempt to be the first EV car to
finish under nine minutes. (heart thumping) (siren wails) (dramatic music) (siren wails) (dramatic music) (engine roars) (siren wails) (dramatic music) We’re getting word that
Rhys may have spun. He’s fast, but it is
enough to beat Yamano? (engine roars) (dramatic music) (siren wails) – 2016 is in the record books, the 100th anniversary is over. We just checked two of the
boxes that we came here to do. Winning the electric modified division and lowering that record, and
being the first to break nine. (dramatic music) (chill music) – I don’t expect to see
a normal car battery. – Oh there’s a normal car battery? For the EPS or what? (muted conversation) (chill music)