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Upward trajectory

By Lisa Rummler

August 2010- Flatness helps maximize ease in races. Whether running, biking or driving, inclines tend to slow you down and make you work harder to cross the finish line.

Now imagine speeding up a mountain, specifically, Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colo., which has an altitude of 14,110 ft. above sea level.

That is exactly what people have been doing for 88 years at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, or Race to the Clouds.

This year, an electric vehicle from The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., Tokyo, broke the race's record for electric vehicles.

"With Japanese driver Ikuo Hanawa behind the wheel, the Yokohama-equipped EV won the exhibition class with a time of 13:17.575, a 93-second improvement over its time from a year ago," according to a press release from Yokohama. "That mark shattered the previous Pikes Peak EV record, set by Jeri Unser in 2003, by 65 seconds."

Teamwork
This year's race, which took place June 27, was only the second in which Yokohama had participated. Last year, its performance was the race's second-best for an electric vehicle.

In both 2009 and 2010, Team Yokohama referred to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as the "Team Yokohama EV Challenge."

"The 'Challenge' is part of Yokohama Rubber's efforts to meet is environmental responsibilities," according to a press release from the company. "A principal aim is to spread recognition of the current state of EV technology and its potential, as well as to develop EV tires for use in severe off-road conditions."

Team Yokohama's 2010 car, the EV Sports Concept HER-02 buggy, had an AC induction motor from AC Propulsion, San Dimas, Calif.

Additionally, the electric vehicle drew power from lithium-ion batteries from Sanyo, Osaka, Japan. Specifically, Yokohama's car used 6,656 cylindrical lithium-ion batteries, which provided about 37 kWh.

The EV Sports Concept HER-02 buggy is 3,800 mm long, 1,900 mm wide and 1,100 mm tall. It weighs 1,150 kg, and its wheelbase is 2,500 mm.

Heading up
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second-oldest motor sports race in the United States, and this year, it featured 11 classes of vehicles, from automotive to semitruck to motorcycle.

"The race is run on a 12.42-mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 ft. and finishes at the 14,110-ft. summit' of the mountain, according to the website for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. "As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30 percent of their power at the summit."

The pavement-and-gravel racecourse is 12.42 miles long, six of which are pavement. The overall speed record, 10:01.41, was set in 2007. FFJ

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AIR FILTRATION

IRONWORKERS

NESTING SOFTWARE

SERVICE CENTERS

Camfil APC - Equipment Trilogy Machinery Inc. Metamation Inc. Admiral Steel
Camfil APC - Replacement Filters

LASER TECHNOLOGY

PLASMA TECHNOLOGY

Alliance Steel
Donaldson Company Inc. AMADA AMERICA, INC. Messer Cutting Systems Inc.

SOFTWARE

BENDING/FOLDING

Mazak Optonics Corp.

PLATE

Enmark Systems Inc.
MetalForming Inc. MC Machinery Systems Inc. Peddinghaus Lantek Systems Inc.
RAS Systems LLC Murata Machinery, USA, Inc.

PLATE & ANGLE ROLLS

SecturaSOFT

BEVELING

TRUMPF Inc. Davi Inc. SigmaTEK Systems LLC
Steelmax Tools LLC

LINEAR POSITION SENSORS

Trilogy Machinery Inc. Striker Systems

COIL PROCESSING

MTS Sensors

PRESS BRAKE TOOLING

STAMPING/PRESSES

Bradbury Group

MATERIAL HANDLING

Mate Precision Tooling AIDA-America Corp.
Burghardt + Schmidt Group EMH Crane Rolleri USA Nidec Press & Automation
Butech Bliss Fehr Warehouse Solutions Inc.

PRESS BRAKES

STEEL

Red Bud Industries UFP Industrial AMADA AMERICA, INC. Alliance Steel
Tishken

MEASUREMENT & QUALITY CONTROL

Automec Inc.

TUBE & PIPE

CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

Advanced Gauging Technologies MC Machinery Systems Inc. BLM Group
Mayfran International

METAL FABRICATION MACHINERY

SafanDarley HGG Profiling Equipment Inc.

DEBURRING/FINISHING

Cincinnati Inc.

PUNCHING

Prudential Stainless & Alloys
ATI Industrial Automation LVD Strippit Hougen Manufacturing

WATERJET

Lissmac Corp. Scotchman Industries Inc.

SAWING

Barton International
Osborn Trilogy Machinery Inc. Behringer Saws Inc. Jet Edge Waterjet Systems
SuperMax Tools

METAL FORMING

Cosen Saws Omax Corp.
Timesavers FAGOR Arrasate USA Inc. DoALL Sawing

WELDING

HYDRAULIC PRESSES

MetalForming Inc. HE&M Saw American Weldquip
Beckwood Press Co.

MICROFINISHING TOOLS

Savage Saws Strong Hand Tools
Triform Titan Tool Supply Inc.

 

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