Electric Motorcycles to Race Pikes Peak at the 100th Anniversary of the Hill Climb
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – April 13, 2016 — Hollywood Electrics and Zero Motorcycles, leaders in all-electric motorcycles, are headed to Colorado on June 26, 2016, for the 100th Anniversary and 94th running of the annual Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), with two race-prepped Zero Motorcycles FXS bikes to be piloted by motorcycle racing stars Jake Holden (#59) and Mark Miller
A Pikes Peak rookie, Mark Miller arrives with an extensive résumé that includes the “Fastest Lap by an American at the Isle of Man TT.” In addition to 11 years of Isle of Man TT racing with one 1st and three podium finishes, Mark has competed in the Macau Grand Prix 16 times, has finished on the podium 20 times, and has one win with AMA Pro National Road Racing. Miller said, “I’m super stoked to be taking on the mountain with Hollywood Electrics and Zero Motorcycles. I’ve always wanted to race Pikes Peak and I can’t think of a cooler motorcycle to race up that beautiful vista than one with no noise or vibration, WHOOSH!”
Jake Holden returns to Pikes Peak after a 2-year hiatus having finished 2nd in his class, third overall at the 2013 PPIHC, his rookie year. Holden has an impressive list of accolades with the AMA including three wins and countless podiums spanning various classes and bikes. “I’m really excited to join Hollywood Electrics on their Zero FXS electric motorcycle. This will be my 2nd time racing up the mountain so with the data I got from the 2013 race I feel confident that I can improve,” said Holden.
Holden and Miller have been gearing up for the Race to the Clouds on all new Zero FXS race-prepped machines debuting exclusive performance parts by Hollywood Electrics. The Hollywood Electrics Racing team returns as the three-time Electric Production Class winner with consecutive titles from 2013 through 2015. This will be Miller’s first race on America’s Mountain and Holden’s second after a two year hiatus.
“We’ve been laying the groundwork for this day since we first conceived of an electric motorcycle racing team. With two very talented racers amongst the 33 motorcycle competitors at this exclusive event, we are confident the Zero Motorcycles will once again show they’re the leading force on the course,” said Team Owner Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics Racing. “The proof is on the podium. Zero Motorcycles continuously conquer Pikes Peak, and thus affirm they are more than capable of handling your everyday riding needs.”
Both racers will be on Zero Motorcycles’ 2016 Zero FXS models which boast an incredible 70 ft-lb max torque on a 293 lb chassis. Made in Santa Cruz, California these electric motorcycles are able to deliver consistent performance at any altitude, unaffected by the thin air that wreaks havoc on the fuel mixture of their internal combustion powered counterparts.
“We’re proud to be sponsoring Hollywood Electrics’ entry at the 100th Anniversary of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and building on our winning track record. As the three-time defending production electric motorcycle class winner, we’ve proven we know what it takes to win. 2016 gives us another opportunity to showcase our amazing technology. With their phenomenal torque and acceleration, Zero electric motorcycles are ideally suited to the Race to the Clouds,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Brought to you by Gran Turismo, began in 1916. This year marks the 100th Anniversary and 94th Running of the “Race to the Clouds” for the second oldest motorsports race in America. The PPIHC is a long-standing tradition in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak regions. It takes place on a 12.42 mile course beginning at 9,390 feet with 156 turns and ending at the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak, also known as “America’s Mountain.”
Hollywood Electrics is the world’s leading retailer of electric motorcycles. With the widest selection of electric two-wheeled vehicles in the world, Hollywood Electrics offers a unique “Electric First” understanding of the vehicle industry. Hollywood Electrics is particularly known for Performance Kits for EVs. Founded in 2009, Hollywood Electrics is the #1 Zero Motorcycles Dealership worldwide.
Hollywood Electrics would like to thank Zero Motorcycles, GP Suspension, Blik, Black Bike, Core Moto, and Cycle Brakes for their support this race season.
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