2021 Pikes Peak: Tesla Model S Plaid Wins Its Class, 10th Overall

The race was shorter than usual due to snow and ice on the top part of the course.

The Tesla Model S Plaid, race-modified by Unplugged Performance and driven by racing driver Randy Pobst, has won the Exhibition class of the 2021 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race on June 27, 2021.

This year, the race was shortened, as the top section was covered by ice and snow. In such circumstances, the time of 6:57.220 allowed Tesla Model S Plaid to be 10th overall. See the full table here.

It’s an amazing result for a modified production car.

The all-time record of 7:57.148 at the full length of 12.42-mile (19.99-kilometer) track belongs to the Volkswagen I.D. R and was set in 2018. It’s the best time overall, not only for EVs. See table here.

The other two Teslas were:

  • 2021 Tesla Model 3 (#88, Joshua Allan) – 8:16.778
  • 2018 Tesla Model 3 (#90, Daijiro Yoshihara) – 11:41.162

It was a very successful event for the Tesla Model S Plaid, which is mostly known for its record-breaking acceleration. The Unplugged Performance team proved that racing is also possible. We don’t know the details, but it seems that the battery pack is not overheating even after a prolonged time under high power (up to 760 kW) and frequent regenerative braking.

Who knows, maybe in the not-too-distant future we will see the Plaid also at the Nürburgring Nordschleife?

Videos

Journey Leading Up to Race Day

https://www.youtube.com/embed/xJZUxS1G_lM

Pikes Peak 2021 Unplugged Plaid Model S Winning Run 360 In-Car Video!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/HKNI658SKJ4

Randy Pobst’s Initial Thoughts After The Race

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Dze_TO8_G-4

Comparison with 2020 Tesla Model 3 and 2016 Tesla Model S

Here is an interesting comparison with the Tesla’s that raced in previous years (one of the sections), that shows us how much progress has been made:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/gVE_G_ko6b8

Previous reports about 2021 PPIHC: June 22 results, June 23 results, June 24 results, June 25 results

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