Published on June 29th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Tesla sets new record at Pikes Peak Hill Climb
A Tesla Model S driven by Blake Fuller, CEO of GO Puck, set a new record for a production electric vehicle at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last weekend with an impressive 11:48 run. The Model S was not heavily modified with a new smaller battery pack, instead, the vehicle was almost stock in term of performance and the main modification was the stripped down interior or the mandatory motorsports issue roll cage.
Fuller and his team beat the production electric vehicle record by a full minute with the Model S. They placed 65th in total and among the top 5 in the overall leaderboard, 3 vehicles were in the ‘electric-modified’ category.
The Pikes Peak track measures 19.99km with over 156 turns, climbing 1,440m from the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway, to the finish at 4,300m, on grades averaging 7.2%.
For the battery pack to work at its best to move the Tesla’s 4,000lbs (which is about 800 lbs lighter than a showroom car) up the hill, the team had to resign to unconventional methods to cool the battery. They used an ice bath.