Bill Caswell behind the wheel of converted electric BMW M3 with open mouth smile

EV West is due to race its awesomely awesome converted BMW M3 in the upcoming Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on August 12. With a bit of unexpected time on its hands – the event was delayed due to the recent Colorado wildfires – the outfit tossed the keys to one Bill Caswell to let him discover what 420 or so electric ponies feels like.

Now, Caswell is a rally racer who, outside of golf carts, had never driven an electric vehicle before. With a little bit of guidance through the start-up process, however, he was soon making his way down the streets of San Diego. Initially impressed by the smooth power delivery, his grin grew to a broad smile, interrupted by outbursts of "Oh My God!" and "It just surges!" as the adrenaline and electrons flowed freely through their respective systems.

While we can't predict whether the car will come out on top in its maiden "race to the clouds", we are pretty certain of one thing: the driver is going to enjoy the ride. Scroll on down to watch one gearhead's entertaining conversion experience.