Three Teslas To Climb Pikes Peak

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Three Model 3 Teslas will compete in the Pikes Peak Int'l Hill Climb.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A trio of Model 3 Tesla race cars will challenge the mountain during the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb Aug. 30.

Drivers Blake Fuller, Josh Allen and Randy Pobst will be at the control for the 98th running of the prestigious charge up Pikes Peak.

In 2003, five engineers had a vision for a cutting edge, fully-electric vehicle that wouldn’t sacrifice power or performance for clean energy.

The Tesla Model 3 sets the bar for not only safety but performance. With a dual motor and All-Wheel Drive, the performance model 3 has 0-60 time of only 3.2 seconds and maximum speed of 162 mph, making it a top selling plug in electric car in the US and Europe.

A two-time winner at Pikes Peak, Fuller will make his sixth attempt at climbing to the summit with his eyes on the Electric Production course record of 11 minutes and 48.264 seconds.

“In 2016 when we set the Production Electric record, it was done in the Tesla Model S P90DL. At the time, it represented the most capable performance vehicle available from Tesla. This year we are using the Tesla Model 3 Performance, a vehicle we feel best showcases the progression of technology in Tesla’s electric vehicles.”

Allen, a rookie at Pikes Peak this year, made the Model 3 famous by setting track records in California with his modified machine at the Tesla Corsa event.

Pobst finished second in the Exhibition division last year behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Pobst will compete this year in the same division but piloting the third Tesla.

“It’ll sure sound different,” Pobst said. “The Dodge had a thundering roar, and the Tesla is silent. We’re going from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive, riding the electric wave of the future up the Peak. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity with top Tesla tuner, Unplugged Performance. It’s a full race build, featuring their body and suspension products. We’re going for the win in Exhibition Class. High altitude doesn’t slow down electrons.”