Monster Tajima All-Electric Racecar at Pikes Peak
2012 Acura TL
2012 Volvo S60
Red Bull Racing Showcar
on 08.18.2012 01:05
Luke Skywalker, your racecar is ready. Actually, this is “Monster” Tajima during a practice run for the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The car is all-electric, and the absence of engine noise lets you hear the squeal of the tires in corners, and the gravel pinging off the bodywork as Tajima gets too close to the edge of the pavement.
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