Despite the setbacks during testing, leaving only one Tesla Model 3 to storm the climb of Pikes Peak, the California sedan managed to clinch the top spot in its class.
For this edition of the race to the clouds, three Tesla Model 3 were to unofficially represent the Palo Alto brand. But during practice sessions, two of them had a sad end. The most spectacular being Randy Pobst’s crash at the wheel of the Tesla Model3 Ascension-R specially developed for racing by Unplugged Performance.
But with the dedication of the Californian trainer and the exceptional help of the Tesla community in the United States, the electric sedan clinched the first two places on the podium in the Exhibition category. Blake Fuller, a regular Tesla recorder at Pikes Peak, climbed the top step with a time of 11’02”802, closely followed by Randy Pobst who completed the climb in 11’04 131.
Individuals donated the victorious Model 3
The results of these two cars, however, are far less impressive than their respective histories: in either case, no Tesla Model 3 could have shined at Pikes Peak without the help and dedication of the community and enthusiasts of the city. Mark.
This is what Black Fuller said at the end of the race, trusting that it was an American couple who donated the Tesla Model 3 Performance, while the funds were raised thanks to 150 individuals and companies. For its part, Unplugged Performance mobilized its teams day and night to put the damaged specimen back on its wheels and allow it to take the start.
Model 3 Unplugged Performance impresses despite limited power
However, despite Randy’s considerable lead over his competitor on the first part of the track, the Ascension-R encountered a problem with the batteries heating up, limiting power for the remainder of the race at the 156 corners. Enough to highlight the full potential of this copy, as its experienced pilot underlined.
Note that these two cars are classified in 20th and 21st positions overall. It should also be remembered that the all-category record is still held by an electric car, with the Volkswagen I.D. R and its time of 7’57”148.