Home / Auto News / News article: Boris Said to Drive Electric BMW M3 at Pikes Peak Hill Climb - Video - AutoGuide.com News
 |  May 18 2012, 1:00 PM

NASCAR driver Boris Said already has a lengthy racing resume with one win in the Nationwide Series and seven top ten finishes. Now he’s looking to conquer the infamous Pikes Peak Hill Climb behind the wheel of an electric-converted BMW M3.

Built by EV West, the 1995 BMW M3 runs on a Net-Gain HV11 and a Evnetics Shiva and in race trim boasts around 700 hp. Electric vehicles also have a huge benefit making the Pikes Peak trek, with the increased elevation oftentimes hindering combustion engines as drivers get closer to the top. In the video, the BMW M3 already looks to be rubber burning, but apparently it only packed around 400-hp then.

“It’s my 25th year of racing, and I’m fortunate enough to have competed at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Sebring, Bathurst, 24 Hours of Nürburgring, the Daytona 500, Baja 1000 and Circuit de Spa, but never on Pikes Peak, which is on my bucket list,” Said commented on his upcoming journey to Pikes Peak.

Electric vehicles are making plenty of noise for this year’s Pikes Peak event. Mitsubishi recently unveiled its funky i-MiEV Evolution Pikes Peak Race Car, while Monster Tajima is looking to set an all-new record with an EV this year.

We’ll be looking forward to seeing how well these EVs perform on July 8 when the event kicks off.

Check out a short clip of the electric E36 BMW M3 after the break.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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