Would this have been totally cool to watch or what!!! [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2011_Nissan_LEAF_on_Race_Day.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - June 28, 2011 100% Electric LEAF takes its first ever, all-electric stock class win. While it was snowing just days before the inaugural 89th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, beautiful blue skies made their presence felt as Nissan provided some really quiet and extraordinary fireworks in the form of its LEAF in the “Race to the Clouds”. From the preview (Nissan’s LEAF set to tackle the “Race to the Clouds”) to the conclusion (The Nissan LEAF and Its “Race to the Clouds”), it was a hell of a historic run for the 100% electric Nissan LEAF. The veteran Nissan off-road truck racing champion Chad Hord and the 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF made history as the first winners of the Electric Production Class. The LEAF completed the run with a time of 14 minutes 33 seconds for the 12.42 mile run. Even though the LEAF was virtually stock except for interior safety modifications and more aggressive wheels and tires, it outran several competitors with highly modified internal combustion engines. The “Race to the Clouds” or Pikes Peak Hill Climb is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows internal combustion engines, sapping upwards of 30% of their peak power when the reach the summit. The LEAF’s electric motor is not impacted by the thin air and with the reduced aerodynamic drag due to lower air density, it only gets faster It produces the same amount of power at the start as at the summit. The cool part is that the LEAF was racing from corner to corner in near silence other than the sound of squealing tires and the high pitched sound of a warning beeper installed at the request of the race organizers to warn spectators and workers of the near silent race cars approach As per our review of the all-electric monster, it comes from the factory with a pedestrian warning system that is active up to about 30 mph but since the LEAF was traveling much faster on the course, a supplemental system was imposed to warn those along the course that th silent beast was “fast” approaching Since the competitors can only practice a third of the run at a time during the week leading up to the race, today was the first time Chad and the LEAF had completed the entire race distance in a single run. According to Nissan, this was an innovative way to demonstrate that 100 percent BEVs perform very well in highly demanding situations like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.