The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is held annually in Colorado with fans and drivers coming from all around the world to watch. This year a modified Tesla Model S EV was on hand at the event and dominated the track record for production EV. The driver was Blake Fuller, CEO of Go Puck and he went up the hill in his EV in 11:48.
The car is almost stock in its drivetrain with weight shaved by moving to a smaller battery pack and the interior gutted to make room for a roll cage in case the car goes off the treacherous track. The team was able to beat the production EV record by a full minute and placed 65th overall for the event.
The course for the hill climb is 12.42 miles long with more than 156 turns and gaining 4,720 feet of elevation at grades that average 7.2%. The racing car in modified form ditched 800 pounds, but still weighed in at 4,000 pounds. The ice under the car in the images here was to cool the battery packs. A zero electric motorcycle held the previous record.
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