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Rivian R1T Sets New Production Truck Record at 2024 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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Gardner Nichols, Rivian’s Senior Performance Test Engineer, achieved a remarkable feat at the 2024 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, piloting the 1025 hp second-generation quad-motor Rivian R1T to a record-breaking time of 10:53.883. This run not only surpassed Nichols’ previous record by 30 seconds but also established a new benchmark for production trucks at Pikes Peak.

Nichols’ exceptional performance highlighted the R1T’s capabilities, despite its substantial weight, making it a standout competitor in the challenging hill climb.

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Rivian commemorated the achievement in a statement shared on its official platform, X, stating, “What a thrilling day at PPIHC! 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.”

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Reflecting on the event, Nichols acknowledged the challenges he faced, particularly with the R1T’s battery temperature. He adjusted his driving to avoid overheating issues, a problem he did not encounter during this year’s climb.

RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian, expressed his enthusiasm for the R1T’s accomplishment, sharing images of the vehicle and its driver in a Rivian Gear Guard-inspired racing suit. “Loved being at Pikes Peak today. Amazing job to Gardner and the team. Also Gardner’s race suit is pure magic,” Scaringe remarked.

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Although the Rivian R1T faced competition from other all-electric trucks at the event, such as the Ford F-150 Lightning Supertruck, the R1T’s performance stood out. While the Ford F-150 Lightning Supertruck is a purpose-built racing machine with custom electric motors and an aggressive aero kit, the Rivian R1T competed mostly in its stock form, with only minor modifications like a semi-stripped interior.

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