2014 Production Electric Brake Addendum

Wednesday, May. 21 2014


Addendum to the 2014 Rule Book: 051514-001

The following change is effective immediately to the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Rule Book:


Electric Production Class


Organizers have determined that there must be a minimum number of six (6) legitimate entries. See Part II, subsections 2.4.1 and 2.4.2

The number of qualifiers for any division or class shall be established by the PPIHC. The PPIHC reserves the right to disqualify any competitor who qualifies outside a percentage (115%) of the fastest time in the division. The PPIHC shall be allowed to add to the field at its discretion. See Part VIII, subsections 8.2.4 and 8.2.5.


It is the intent of these rules that vehicles competing in the Pikes Peak Electric Production class be a production vehicle readily available to the public, and produced  by a recognized manufacturer.

In the event of a protest, the owner of the protested vehicle shall bear all responsibility to present documentation of the production vehicle.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb recognizes the future of electricity in the automotive industry. It is through this effort that constructors of electric vehicles may showcase their engineering excellence of these truly unique vehicles. We encourage the entry of vehicles with technology capable of speeds and performance that will be compatible with past programs of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.


Each vehicle entered in the PPIHC shall be required to pass a safety and technical inspection at a location designated by the Director of Competition. The safety/technical inspection will be conducted under the direction of the PPIHC. Items to be checked are spelled out in these regulations. Cars may be subject to inspection by the Director of Competition at any time during the event. Cars found to be unsafe will be barred from further competition until defects are corrected.


The inspectors shall conduct the inspection in accordance with the standards prescribed by the Director of Competition. All vehicles must be presented in a neat and clean condition with no body damage or primer apparent. The Director of Competition will have final say on the eligibility of a vehicle for the Electric Division.


1. Batteries

A. Battery System – Batteries must be fully contained in enclosures that can be sealed by PPIHC Officials. Enclosures must be equipped with a forced ventilation system rated at least 10cfm. It must operate whenever the battery system is electrically connected to the car. All electric cables must be properly sized to expected system currents. All electric vehicle entries must be accompanied by the MSDS information on all batteries that are considered hazardous or toxic. Failure to provide proper documentation will result in disqualification.

B. Battery Disconnect – The battery system will be equipped with a manually operated, high-current switch to quickly disconnect the battery from the electrical system. This switch must be capable of interrupting the full load current. The switch must physically be located as near to the battery as practical and be operable from both the driver compartment and from outside the car. This switch must be clearly marked in day glow orange letters as the “Battery Switch” and be plainly marked with “ON” and “OFF” positions.

C. Main Fuse – A separate fuse (not a circuit breaker) will be placed in series with the main battery and the rating will not exceed 200% of the maximum expected current draw. All low voltage taps from the main battery will be separately fused. All fuses must be placed first in series with the battery starting at the positive connection.

D. Electrical Shock Hazards – All exposed conductors operating at greater than thirty-six (36) volts must be properly insulated and marked with “High Voltage” warning signs.

E. Covers and Shields – All revolving parts must be suitably covered to prevent accidental contact or injury should one or more of these parts break or malfunction. All steering linkage must be shielded from contact with the driver. If a flywheel is used it must be covered with an NHRA Approved Scatter Shield.

2. Roll Cage – All cars must incorporate the use of a roll cage (See Safety & Construction Technical Regulations Section).


3. Safety – In addition to those areas addressed in the Electric Vehicle Division’s “Technical Regulations and Special Rules” each car and driver must adhere to safety regulations spelled out in the “Safety Section” of the 2014 Rule Book. Any electric powered race car, truck, motorcycle must be fitted with an audio WARNING system that produces a CONSTANT audio warning at a minimum of 120 decibels being measured from three feet from the vehicle. Audio warning systems must only be able to be activated from outside the vehicle. NO EXCEPTIONS.


4. Brakes – Brake/Rotor components in the Electric Production Class are not required to be OVM but must work in conjunction with wheels that are OVM.

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