by Patrick Rall
The 2011 Pikes Peak Hill Climb took place last weekend and when the smoke cleared, the racing world beheld a handful of new records which included two new milestones for electric vehicles. The 2011 Nissan Leaf competed in fully stock form, piloted by experienced Pikes Peak and Nissan off-road truck racer Chad Hord. The Leaf was the first ever production electric vehicle to take a turn racing up the mountain, so with a time of 14 minutes and 33 seconds, the Nissan Leaf set a record for being the fastest production electric vehicle to take on the Hill Climb ever - but only because it is the only production electric vehicle to take on the Hill Climb. I guess that in this case, being the best by default is better than not being the best at all, right?