A stripped out Tesla Model S – with all interior elements discarded – but with a stock powertrain has taken the production EV record at Pikes Peak.
This is the latest interesting accolade for the Elon Musk-led company – a Model S managed to post the fastest time for a production electric vehicle at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. During the event, driver Blake Fuller manned the P90D up the 12.42-mile (19.99-kilometer) mountain course in 11 minutes and 48 seconds. This time is now substantially better than the previous record holder – a Zero motorcycle – which managed in the past approximately 13 minutes. Since this is the production sector, the allowed modifications had to do with safety gear – the interior was discarded to make room for the roll cage.
But in pulling all those parts off they managed to shave off more than 800 pounds (363 kilograms), though the Model S still tipped the scales at about 4,000 pounds (1814 kg). The powertrain was untouched and since the luxury sedan has never been intended for racing the main issue was to keep the EV cool during the trip up the mountain. The GO Puck team even packed ice underneath the car – a tactic that clearly worked.