Tesla Model 3 race car by Unplugged sets sights on 2021 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Randy Pobst takes on Pikes Peak in the Tesla Model 3 Performance. (Credit: Unplugged Performance)

Unplugged Performance has confirmed its attendance at the 2021 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, where the Model 3 it took last year still managed to take second place in its class after a crash during the practice session in the 2020 event.

Randy Pobst, the driver of the Unplugged Performance Model 3, took to Instagram to announce the group’s attendance at the event, looking for redemption despite its impressive performance last year. Despite Unplugged and Pobst’s performance that earned them a silver medal in its class, finishing just behind Blake Fuller and his Model 3 Performance, the all-electric car’s chief navigator is not completely satisfied with its showing.

“Last year was a miracle comeback,” Pobst said, referring to the Model 3’s violent crash during a tuning session before the races. After Pobst navigated a corner at high-speeds, a bump caused a difficult maneuver that the professional could not recover from. The Model 3 then slid off the track at high speeds, hitting a wall and ending up off the course with severe damage to the body and chassis. Luckily, the legendary racer was uninjured, and with the help of Porsche Colorado Springs and EuroCars, the Model 3 was able to be reconstructed in time for the Sunday race. The process required some extra attention from three Tesla engineers who showed up to ensure the repair process was efficient and the car was ready in time for the race.

“We’ve got unfinished business. I came away from there so full of happiness and frustration. We want to go for that 10-minute time; we want to go back and win the class. We’re heading back to the clouds at Pikes Peak,” Pobst added.

Incredibly, Unplugged’s Model 3 was able to record a time of 11:04.131, trailing the other Model 3 driven by Out of Spec Studio’s Blake Fuller by around 1.3 seconds, a time fast enough to earn it top marks during the hill climb. The two all-electric vehicles were well ahead of the third-place finisher Scott Birdsall, who took home the bronze in a 1949 Ford F1 with a time of 11:24.065.

The 99th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place on Sunday, June 27th, with the green flag dropping at 7:30 am GMT (9:30 am EST, 6:30 am PST).

Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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