Video: Testing Monster Tajima’s 1,500-HP eRunner

Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the last twenty years needs no introduction to Monster Tajima. Made famous through the Gran Turismo series, Japan’s Tajima is a rallying hero, though his cars are just as famous as he is. Going from strange concoction to another, Tajima’s latest creation, this 1500-horsepower EV, is perhaps his wildest.

This machine is an obvious example of horses for courses. Tajima designed this baby blue beast in conjunction with Rimac Automobili to dominate Pike’s Peak. The tires are designed to last only one run up the mountain, and the 900 pounds of batteries are depleted of their charge after a few kilometers longer than the length of the mountainous course.

The electric motors carry the car at a constant level of power as it scales the 14,114′ mountain.

The car even has a weight distribution to suit the 7% incline. It’s a far cry from the outrageous Suzuki Escudos that Tajima raced back in the 1990s and 2000s, with the screaming electric motors chucking out 1,500 horsepower and, crucially, not being affected by the altitude. Whereas combustion engine-driven machines need clever engine management systems and big turbochargers to remain competitive in the thin air near Pike’s Peak 14,114-foot summit, the electric motors have no such hangups.

To dominate the numerous hairpin corners on the mountain, Tajima’s eRunner uses huge wings, four-wheel drive, and the naturally broad powerband offered by an electric motor. There are no hiccups, no turbo lag, and virtually no wheelspin – even with that absurd amount of power. Able to pull 3G laterally, this low-flying fighter jet is one of the wildest machines to grace the “Race to the Clouds,” and should set the precedent, in terms of design, for future winners of the prestigious event.

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Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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