Using an upgraded Tesla Model S Dirty, the Unplugged Performance team set an astonishing record at this year’s Pikes Peak Rally. The car, driven by Randy Pobst, a 64-year-old American driver and former racing champion, clocked a time of 6: 57.2 and finished ahead of many of its most prominent competitors.
Mr. Pabst praised the performance of his car and described its power as very high. In his view, the Yokohama tires used in this car are excellent, and the brakes and suspension also perform very well.
The Tesla Model S’s Unplugged Performance has eliminated 45 of its 55 competitors, including an LMP3 racing car. The record of this car in the class of demonstration models is significantly different from the competitors. Below you can see some of these records:
Randy Pobst; 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, 6: 57.220
Nick Robinson; 2017 Acura NSX, 7: 14.704
Jordan Guitar; 2021 Acura TLX, 7: 53.615.
Gregoire Blachon; 2021 VW Bug Proto TRI-TDI Diesel, 7: 58.661
Joshua Allan; 2021 Tesla Model 3, 8: 16.778
Johan Schwartz; 2021 American X Kart CrossKart, 8: 29.589
Shawn Bassett; 1974 Datsun 240Z, 9: 19.475
Daijiro Yoshihara; 2018 Tesla Model 3; 11: 41.162
As can be seen in the above results, apart from the ugly S model of the Unplugged Performance team, two Model 3 devices were also present in this year’s competition, although their records are much weaker.
It is worth mentioning that the best record for electric vehicles was set last year by a Tesla Model 3 Performance driven by Blake Fuller; This driver’s record is 2 seconds better than Randy Pabst’s record.
Not to mention that this year, due to heavy snow and fog, the Pike-Peak race route was shorter than other periods and was equal to 9 miles (14.4 km). Normally, this route is 12.42 miles (about 20 km) long and has 156 sharp turns, and the height of its starting and ending points is 2862 and 4302 meters, respectively. The best record set this year is 5 minutes and 55 seconds.