For this new edition of the Pikes Peak race, Unplugged Performance was planning to set a record with a prepared Tesla Model 3. Ambitions finally compromised following an accident.
Specializing in Tesla with preparation kits developing the performance of Palo Alto electric vehicles, Unplugged Performance saw the Pikes Peak race as the best stage to display its know-how. The trainer had for the occasion concocted a special Tesla Model 3 which was to set a record at 4,302 meters above sea level.
However, the car in question will not participate in the race scheduled for Sunday, August 30 due to an accident that put an end to Unplugged Performance’s ambitions. While everything seemed on the right track during preliminary testing, the # 42 Tesla Model 3 driven by Randy Pobst crashed off the road. The reasons for this accident are not yet known, but luck was on the side of the pilot, who avoided a fall into the ravine thanks to a protective stone wall.
More than one copy to aim for the record
Another Unplugged Performance Tesla Model 3 was also destroyed during a shoot by Josh Allen, now leaving only one and last in an attempt to break a record. At the wheel will be Blake Fuller, who has already set a record in 2016 with a Tesla Model S: the driver then clocked a time of 11’48’264 in the Alternative Fuel / Electric Production category.
It should be remembered that the electric car has already proven its advantage over thermal trackers on numerous occasions: as they are not dependent on atmospheric pressure, they retain their vitamin from the start of the race until the finish. Remember also that the ultimate record belongs to an electric, with the Volkswagen I.D. R driven by Romain Dumas and credited with a time of 7’57”148.