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Check out the full Pikes Peak run from Rivian R1T driver Gardner Nichols

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Rivian’s R1T electric pickup recently competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb’s 2024 race, significantly improving upon his time from last year.

Driver Gardner Nichols drove a racing-wrapped quad-motor Rivian R1T in the uphill race, which took place on Sunday. The race, which climbs 9,390 feet to 14,110 feet on the Colorado mountain, was in its 102nd year running this year.

This week, Rivian has also shared a video depicting the full record-breaking run from Nichols, during which he beat his time from last year, the prior record for fastest production truck, by a wide margin. The R1T was also just one of a few electric vehicles (EVs) competing in the race.

“What a thrilling day at PPIHC!” Rivian wrote in a post on X highlighting the accomplishment. “Gardner Nichols and his Quad-Motor Gen 2 R1T blazed across the finish line in 10:53.883 — beating the time he set last year by 30 seconds and yet again claiming the record for fastest production truck to ever summit this iconic course.”

You can watch the full Pikes Peak International Hill Climb run from Gardner Nichols in the wrapped quad-motor R1T below.

This isn’t the first time EVs have taken part in the uphill race, with the most notable EV appearance coming from longtime racecar driver Randy Pobst and the Unplugged Performance team, who have sported a modified Tesla Model S Plaid dubbed “Dark Helmet” over the past couple of years.

This year, other EVs included the top-placing modified F-150 Lightning “Supertruck” driven by all-time PPIHC record holder Romain Dumas, as well as a Hyundai Ioniq 5N TA Spec, which was driven by racer Dani Sordo.

Rivian unveiled its latest generation of the R1T and R1S EVs earlier this month, along with a quad-motor variant, as part of the company’s move to refresh and simplify the production of the vehicles. In April, the automaker also unveiled its slightly smaller, next-generation EVs, dubbed the R2. Following the announcement of the highly anticipated EV line, Rivian also surprised viewers by unveiling the R3 line, which will be a compact crossover EV and was not known about by the public until the R2 event.

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Check out the full Pikes Peak run from Rivian R1T driver Gardner Nichols
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