Rivian and Ford Electrify Pikes Peak: A Tale of Two Trucks

Rivian and Ford Electrify Pikes Peak: A Tale of Two Trucks

The 2024 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb witnessed an electrifying performance from two giants in the automotive industry - Rivian and Ford. Both companies showcased their prowess in electric vehicle technology, but it was Rivian’s R1T that stole the show.


Rivian R1T: Setting New Records

Rivian’s updated 2025 R1T not only participated in this prestigious event but also set a new record for a production electric truck. Piloted by Rivian Senior Performance Test Engineer, Gardner Nichols, the range-topping Quad-Motor version clocked a time of 10:53.883 in the Exhibition class. This impressive feat shattered the previous record of 11:23.983, also set by Nichols in a 2024 R1T during last year’s event.

The 2025 R1T was not just about more experience; it packed a peak power of 1,025 hp, a significant increase from last year’s 835 hp. With this power, the electric truck can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph.


Ford F-150 Lightning: A Formidable Contender

While the Ford F-150 Lightning SuperTruck time-attack special may have been the quickest on the mountain, it was not the only fast electric truck of the day. Unlike the highly modified F-150 Lightning, Rivian’s R1T was completely stock, with minor modifications to meet safety requirements, including the installation of a roll cage.


For a closer look at the event, check out this video.


 Video: Ford F-150 Lightning wins the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.


The Second Generation R1T

Rivian refers to its updated R1T as the second generation, given the extensive updates beyond a typical mid-cycle refresh. While the exterior and interior designs remain unchanged, Rivian overhauled the electronic and software systems of the truck. This overhaul resulted in the removal of 1.6 miles of wiring and the reduction of individual ECUs from 17 to seven. Rivian also installed its own suite of electronic driver-assist features, known as the Rivian Autonomy Platform.

The same changes apply to the R1T’s R1S SUV sibling for 2025. Prices remain unchanged from the previous year, with the R1T starting at $69,900 and the R1S at $75,900. Pricing for the Quad-Motor grade, which only comes with premium Ascend trim, will be announced at a later date.


The 2024 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was a testament to the advancements in electric vehicle technology. Both Rivian and Ford demonstrated their commitment to innovation and performance, setting new standards in the electric truck segment. As we look forward to the 2025 event, one can only imagine what these automotive giants have in store for us.


Source: Motor Authority.