Tesla Motors Inc can now place another award on the Model S trophy rack. It was revealed this week that GO Puck CEO Blake Fuller used the luxury EV to set a new record. Racing the car at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb over the weekend, Fuller completed the race in 11:48. Better yet, save for a few changes to the company’s interior, the raced Model S was as standard as they come.
It was initially thought that Fuller’s Model S sported a number of race-enabling enhances. A smaller battery pack, for instance, would have gone a long way at shaving off race time. A carbon fiber body, perhaps, would have made the EV much lighter and a lot more maneuverable as well, However, the only changes on the GO Puck branded EV was an added roll cage.
A Tesla sets new EV record
An almost standard Model S P90D sedan scored the fastest time in its category at the weekend race. The production EV record was shattered by an entire minute as well. Granted, there were only 3 vehicles in the EV category, but the GO Puck team was among the top 5 in the overall leaderboard. They placed 65th in total.
It wasn’t light work for the Tesla EV either. Getting the luxury sedan through the race took some innovative thinking. Although instilled with an unprecedented sporty edge, it isn’t likely that those at Tesla had a 12.42-mile hill climb race in mind when designing the car. The GO Puck team had to place the Model S on ice to cool the battery pack, for instance. The climb would clearly put some undue strain on the EV’s battery pack.
The last EV record was set at 13 minutes. It was held by a Zero electric motorbike until this weekend. Yes, a motorcycle lost to Tesla Model S.
The CEO of GO Puck wishes to inspire others to put their Model Ss to the test too. The ideas used to modify the Tesla EV are viewable in the footage above. Tesla owners who wish to take it upon themselves to implement the changes are encouraged to do so. Once done, they too can rest happy with the knowledge of having put their ~$100,000 Model Ss through similar experience.
The Tesla Model S raced by Fuller was aroud 800 lbs lighter than standard P90D models. The Pikes Peak course is an 14,110 ft climb to the finish.