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Unplugged Performance is taking on Pikes Peak

The company will be using a new development of its Tesla Model 3 Ascencion-R and Randy Pobst will be driving it up the legendary hillclimb!

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You'll have no doubt heard of Unplugged Performance's exploits already. The Tesla tuner, based right next door to Tesla and Space X's headquarters in California, has been hard at work creating the Ascencion-R, a car that is in Unplugged Performance's own words "our Tesla Model 3 based answer to the Porsche GT3 RS." That's a seriously lofty aspiration, but it's one that definitely seems to have some weight as the car's been absolutely smashing it recently! Within just the first few weeks of testing the latest version of the Ascencion-R programme, it's already broken the TeslaCorsa and all-time EV lap records at Buttonwillow and Laguna Seca. This included the car beating the lap record set by the insanely powerful tri-motor Model S Plaid prototype!

With those records in the bag, Unplugged Performance has now set its sights on a much loftier goal: Pikes Peak. As many of you will no doubt know, Pikes Peak is one of the most gruelling and most dangerous races in the world. It takes real courage and driver skill and an incredible car to get all the way up the mountain fast. That's something that Unplugged Performance is very confident about, as not only has its car absolutely proven itself on the circuit but the company has managed to rope in legendary driver Randy Pobst (who has done Pikes Peak 6 times in his career!) to drive it! Pobst has already driven the car at full chat and, well, I guess this video speaks for itself:

As you can tell by the time of 4:12 on this run (the second run of the day) and by Pobst's comments about the car, Unplugged Performance has definitely built an incredible car! Not only did it come 1st in qualifying in the exhibition class it's running in, which includes other modified Teslas, but it was getting pretty close to the times set by the purpose-built open-wheel cars (the fastest open-wheel time during qualifying was a 4:07 set by Clint Vahsholtz), something that's pretty incredible considering how unbelievably fast those open-wheelers are. This is all in a car which has street-legal aero and factory power too!

The final race of 2020's edition of Pikes Peak will be taking place on 30th August 2020. I can't wait to see how well this absolute monster of a Tesla does!

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Comments (4)

  • Interesting

      9 months ago
  • Electrics will dominate Pikes Peak, just like the electric bikes. The original point of this race was to challenge the set up of cars and bikes(... fuelling at altitude,etc). Electrics should be excluded, or certainly have a separate race.

      9 months ago
    • EVs can still be affected by altitude because of things like outside temperature. As things get colder outside (which is what happens when you advance in altitude), it negatively affects how much charge the battery uses to keep the same...

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        9 months ago
  • Good thing it crashed

      9 months ago