Team Led by MIT Engineers Places Second at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Published in MIT News on July 11, 2016, by Camilla Brinkman, Edgerton Center

In a race up a spectacular and treacherous mountain road to the 14,110-foot summit, the KOMMIT Electric Vehicle Team (EVT), led by members of the MIT Electric Vehicle Team and professional rider Yoshihiro Kishimoto, finished second in the electric motorcycle division of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) on June 26 in Colorado. Also known as the Race to the Clouds, this was the 100th anniversary of the car and motorcycle race that is 12.5 miles long, climbs 4,725 feet, and turns 156 times.

The team finished the course in 11 minutes 10.480 seconds closely behind the winning team, Victory Racing (Polaris Industries’ professional racing team), which posted a time of 10 minutes 17.813 seconds.

MIT EVT recruited a diverse set of partners from industry and academia to form KOMMIT EVT: Motorcycle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles provided engineering and hardware support while race companies Komatti from the Isle of Man and Mirai EV of Japan as well as Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and London’s Brunel University joined the challenge...

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