Zero Motorcycle is going to participate in the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year. The firm will be using its latest product, the Zero SR/F to compete in the challenge. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the Race to the Clouds, is the second oldest motorsports event in the Western Hemisphere and is quite difficult to complete.
Riding the Zero SR/F will be Cory West, an American-born professional racer who’s been riding since the age of four. Zero will be entering in the Heavyweight Division of the timed trial, competing against some of the finest petrol-powered superbikes like the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100, Ducati Multistrada, and BMW S1000R.
The circuit of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is 12.42 miles long which includes 156 turns and a 4,720 feet change in altitude. The starting point and the finish line is at 9,390 ft and 14,115 feet above sea level respectively. Climbing such an altitude that too at a very fast pace isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The air is so thin at the top that not only it affects humans but also the petrol-powered bikes as there is just not enough oxygen available to have proper combustion. This is a major advantage for electric motorcycles as they don’t really have to worry about any kind of air.
The Zero SR/F was revealed last month. It has numerous unique features like its own unique operating system called Cypher III. It has a 14.4 kWh battery pack and its new electric motor produces 110 hp and 190 Nm of torque. Zero says that SR/F is capable of achieving a range of 164-197 km on a single charge. The recharging time is around 4.5 hours with a 3 kW charger and 1.5 hours if you plug in a 6 kW fast charger.