With the Tesla Model 3 to the Race to the Clouds: First Practice for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The 99th Race to the Clouds, aka the 99th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, will finally take place in Colorado (USA) next weekend. The Tesla Model 3, which we already featured on our KW automotive blog in spring of 2021, will also start with Dai Yoshihara behind the steering wheel there.

The first test and set-up runs with the Tesla Model 3 with its 3-way adjustable KW Competition racing suspension, was very promising in Colorado.

For the Tesla Model 3 performance model, we have developed the KW coilover suspension Variant 3 with parts approval for daily commuting and public road use, which even helps to increase the range of the electric car. In Dai Yoshihara’s Model 3, In contrast, a 3-way performance-adjustable KW Competition suspension is used in Dai Yoshihara’s Model 3.

Electric-powered race cars have been the benchmark at the Rocky Mountain hill climb for several years now, as they simply don’t sacrifice performance in the thin air at this altitude.

From the start at an altitude of 2,862 meters above sea level, the road winds its way over a distance of 19.99 kilometers to the finish at an altitude of 4,301 meters. Accordingly, the conventional internal combustion engines “become weaker on the chest”.

Since the Tesla Model 3 is purely a prototype in the “Exhibition Class” (exhibition vehicle class), the car is not directly rated in the race. Yesterday, June 22, 2021, the Tesla built and supported by Evasive Motorsports and other partners had passed its technical inspection and is allowed to run measured times.

In the “Exhibition Class” there is no official class record, but by passing the technical inspection, the time is measured and Dai Yoshihara can try for a new overall track record with the Tesla Model 3.

Photos Larry Chen, Team

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