In late June, I raced in the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in the newly-created Exhibition Powersports Z class aboard a Zero FX production electric motorcycle. I’d like to think myself, as well as my teammates, did pretty well for ourselves and changed many people’s perceptions about e-bike technology and performance. But in […]
Jeff Clark Fastest Electric Motorcycle Up Pikes Peak This Year
Jeff Clark has now become the now two-time champion at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, after a successful sub 12-minute run up the mountain on Sunday, June 29. Aboard the same Zero FX he rode to victory last year, Clark barely broke the 12-minute barrier by clocking a 11:59 time.
Outwardly, Clark’s 777 Zero FX may look similar to the one he rode last year. However, there’s one glaring difference. This year, Clark and sponsor Hollywood Electrics devised a liquid-cooling system to keep the motor cool — a problem encountered during last year’s run. The team are mum on details since it is still in its prototype stage, but claim it works as designed. The proof is in the results, as Clark recorded a better time than a year ago.
Perhaps the most impressive stat is Clark’s Section 1 time (2:06), which bested all exhibition motorcycles-
“We’ve shown that it won’t be long before the top riders in all classes at Pikes Peak will be on electric,” said Harlan Flagg, Founder of Hollywood Electrics. “There is no faster bike off-the-line than an electric motorcycle. We’re really excited to prove our tuning abilities on Zero Motorcycles up the mountain, besting all the prototype bikes and the talented engineers behind those.”
“Congratulations to Jeff Clark and Hollywood Electrics on a monumental victory. To break the 12-minute mark on such a challenging course is truly remarkable,”
Asked about how the race went, Jeff Clark said, “I had a couple of close calls, but at the end of the day bested my time from last year. So proud to be the fastest electric bike up America’s Mountain [this year - TS]. Thanks to my crew and my sponsors, without whom I couldn’t have done it.”