“What can a Tesla do?” This is actually the question that prompted one driver to take the Tesla Model S P90D up the Pikes Peak for a test of speed and performance.
For this to happen, YouTube channel The Fast Lane Car hooked up with Tesla Model S Racer Blake Fuller. He explained, “When we think of the Model S, we think of a very fast, efficient car. And since the performance models have come out (P85 and more recent dual motor cars), you a lot of more people ‘kinda turn their attention like ‘what can a Tesla do?’“
To answer that question, they decided to build a program designed to show off the Model S at Pikes Peak.
According to Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak happens to be the most visited mountain in North America. It also happens to rank as the second most visited mountain in the world, behind Mount Fuji in Japan. Pikes Peak rises to an altitude of 14,115 feet above sea level. It is ranked as the 31st highest peak out of 54 peaks in Colorado.
Driving up this mountain can be done through the Pikes Peak Highway. Typically, a round-trip drive from the summit and back will last anywhere between two to three hours. With a lighter Tesla Model S though, it is expected to take a lot less.
For the long and winding drive, Fuller said that they lightened up the car by a little over 360 kg. And for the sake of safety, they had fitted the Model S with a light bolt-in roll cage along with window nets and fire extinguishers. Since the Tesla makes its frame rails with boxed aluminum, Fuller said they are “extremely strong” and make for an “excellent mounting point.”
The goal is to “better and best” the production EV record that is 12 minutes and 55 seconds. In the end, Top Gear reports that Fuller and the Tesla managed to hit Pikes Peak at 11 minutes and 48 seconds. Not bad at all.