Victory Thunder Versus Victory Lightning. Victory Racing Gas Project 156 And Electric Empulse RR At Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

1pikespeakVictory Motorcycles®, positioning its models as the “Modern American Muscle” brand will be racing up the mountain with two very different motorcycles in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), an event that marks its 100th anniversary in 2016. In an epic gas vs. electric battle in the experimental class, Victory Racing’s® Project 156™ will be piloted by former Pikes Peak Champion Jeremy Toye while the Victory Empulse® RR racer will be ridden by Cycle World’s Road Test Editor Don Canet. Scheduled for Sunday, June 26, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is expected to feature a field of approximately 100 competitors.

2pikespeakProject 156™, named for the number of turns on the mountain road, is powered by a full race-prepared version of the liquid-cooled four-valve 1200cc DOHC V-twin that motivates the new Victory® Octane™ production motorcycle. The Victory Empulse® RR is being brought to Pikes Peak to build on last year’s podium finish at the Isle of Man TT. Victory’s production Empulse® TT is the street-legal version of this winning motorcycle.
“Victory Racing® serves as an international R&D development program and test beds for future products, and since Pikes Peak is arguably the most challenging race in America – it’s exactly where we need to be,” says Alex Hultgren, Director of Marketing for Victory Motorcycles®.  “We are proud to bring the Victory Racing® team back this year for participate in the 100th anniversary of the ‘Race to the Clouds’ and try to take back the mountain for an American manufacturer.  We can’t wait to see which bike comes out on top in this battle between gas and electric motorcycles.”

“The Victory Racing® team is pleased to have successfully completed its first tests last month in its journey back to challenge Pikes Peak on its 100th anniversary,” says Brian Wismann, Victory Racing® Team Manager. “We’re looking forward to the next test, when we’ll really start to fine-tune our set-up to tackle the mountain.” Spectators are invited to join Victory Motorcycles® 5 p.m.-10 p.m. June 24 in downtown Colorado Springs to celebrate 100 years of the Race to the Clouds at the 2016 PPIHC Fan Fest. See favorite competitors and enjoy entertainment, motorcycle exhibitions, vendor booths, food and refreshments.

6 Responses to “Victory Thunder Versus Victory Lightning. Victory Racing Gas Project 156 And Electric Empulse RR At Pikes Peak Hill Climb.”

  1. 1 Blackmax May 21st, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Not really a contest since the electric bike is so much faster from a standing stop
    & does not need to shift (as much) .
    But it will be an interesting contest form a concept standpoint

  2. 2 P. Hamilton May 21st, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Blackmax. They don’t compete in the same class!

  3. 3 Gym May 22nd, 2016 at 11:24 am


    The article clearly poses the question, “In an epic gas vs. electric battle in the experimental class”, thus leaving the reader to ponder the results between the two regardless of which class they race.

  4. 4 nicker May 22nd, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Either way, great mechanisms to illustrate the difference between the scooter cultures of Riders and Drivers .


  5. 5 BobS May 22nd, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Now there’s a fun concept, besides these two how about sending a Slingshot up with a professional driver and we can compare all three times! Hell yeah I’d watch that!

  6. 6 Francesco May 22nd, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Il faut aimer!

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