Tesla Model S sets Pikes Peak record

A Tesla Model S broke the Production Electric Vehicle record at the fearsome Pikes Peak hillclimb last weekend. With event veteran Blake Fuller at the wheel, it stopped the clock with a 11:48.264 time on the 12-mile, 156-turn course.

Rumours are swirling about just how ‘production’ Fuller’s Model S actually is. Obviously, the interior was completely gutted for safety reasons, which accounts for a 300kg-plus weight loss. But there were suggestions the battery pack had been substantially modified, as well. Whatever the case may be, Fuller asserted all the changes with in the spirit of the rules which are fairly open to interpretation, anyway.

2016 Le Mans winner Romain Dumas won the event overall his lunatic Norma M20 RD Limited, a purpose-built, four-wheel-drive missile with a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio (it’s not clear if that means 590kg/590bhp or 1300lb/1300bhp). He set a time of 8:51.445, the second fastest in the event’s history. That’s still 37 seconds behind Sebastien Loeb’s all-time record, but it’s mightily impressive.

Rhys Millen topped the pile of electric cars (which grows every year), going less than six seconds slower than Dumas in his eO, crossing the line at 8:57.118.

In a world where racing cars are increasingly tightly regulated and homogeneous, it’s quite refreshing to see Pikes Peak stand as a bastion of creativity and straight-up nuttiness.

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