Wednesday, 26 August 2020 17:07

Tesla Model 3 Dominates as Qualifying Leader in Historic Pikes Peak Run

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati
Randy Pobst takes on Pikes Peak in the Tesla Model 3 Performance. Randy Pobst takes on Pikes Peak in the Tesla Model 3 Performance. Unplugged Performance


The Unplugged Performance team and veteran racer Randy Pobst had planned to adopt a pretty conservative strategy for their modified Tesla Model 3 Performance’s first Pikes Peak run.

The vehicle, after all, just had its suspension settings adjusted, and both team and driver wanted to validate how well the changes performed on the course. For the Model 3’s first run up Pikes Peak, the plan was to lift off on the straights to conserve battery for the second run, which would be flat out.


Needless to say, this plan did not end up being followed. At all.


Pobst and Unplugged’s Model 3 Performance Ascension-R launched off into the Pikes Peak course for their first climb, and soon, it became evident to the racing veteran the car was already almost perfectly dialed in. It was then that Pobst decided to forgo the initial plan and just attack the course at full power.


With the veteran racer unleashed, the Model 3 completed the run in 4:15, finishing first place in the Exhibition class. Two other Teslas, a heavily modded widebody Model 3 driven by Joshua Allan and a Model 3 Performance driven by Blake Fuller, finished second and third.


As noted by Unplugged Performance CEO Ben Schaffer, he and his team were astounded to see Randy’s 4:15 time for his first run. The team had been targeting a time of 4:30 considering their planned strategy, but ultimately, what mattered was the veteran racecar driver had tons of fun in his first climb of the day.


Pobst did suggest some tweaks to the Model 3’s settings after, asking the Unplugged team to add a bit more compression and rebound tuning. But when those changes were done, the father of Track Mode was off for his second hill climb attempt.


Pobst pushed the Model 3 Performance as hard as he could on his second run, and the results were simply astounding. With the veteran racer behind the wheel and Unplugged’s parts performing as designed, the Model 3 Performance Ascension-R was able to complete the Pikes Peak run in a stunning 4:12.

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