He was also the first man to break the 10:00 barrier for the run in 2011, the last year that the road to the summit was partially unpaved. For the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Tajima switched from gasoline to electric power, but a component failure took him out of the running early in the event.
Tajima sees global warming as a legitimate threat to the planet, which explains his move from gas to electric. As Green Car Reports explains, Tajima was recently given the chance to spend some time behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S sedan, and it was love at first turn.
Tajima calls the Model S “well tuned and balanced,” remarking on the car’s low center of gravity and concentrated mass. In fact, Monster proclaimed the car’s handling as “really incredible,” which is quite a statement from a driver with Tajima’s background and experience.
Tajima thanked Tesla for the opportunity to drive a car that he sees as essential to establishing a new era of mobility, and finished by asking Tesla to “please give me one.” We don’t see that happening, but we’d love to see Tesla sign on for Tajima’s 2013 Pikes Peak efforts.
It’s pretty much a given that Monster Tajima will set new records up Pikes Peak in an electric car, and Tesla would be wise to capitalize on such an opportunity early. We’re fairly certain that “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” isn’t reserved exclusively for internal-combustion automobiles.