With 3 days of practice completed at this year’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb, electric bikes are consistently at the top of the timesheets.
And it’s Victory’s Empulse RR that is leading the way.
Victory Motorcycles have taken both the Project 156 “gas-burner” and the electric Empulse RR to the mountain, setting up an interesting battle between their two bikes they have labelled “Thunder vs Lightning”.
Don Canet, who rode the Project 156 for Victory in last year’s event, is riding the Empulse while former Pikes Peak Champion, Jeremy Toye, has riding duties on the petrol-powered Project 156.
So far, Jeremy has placed the Project 156 consistently third in the timesheets behind the Kawasaki Z1000 of Bruno Langlois.
The Empulse RR has set the fastest time each day so far.
The bike is a race prepared version of the road going Victory Empulse TT.
The main frame is the same as the road going model, but a carbon fibre subframe has been used to reduce weight.
The motor and controller have been upgraded for racing, and the batteries have been repacked to give more capacity.
There is still another day of qualifying and Set-Up Day on Saturday before racing begins on Sunday, June 26th.
Victory released footage of the bikes being tested at Thunder Hill Raceway ahead of this weekend’s event.