This year, the Tesla Model S will compete at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the very first time.
Piloting the car will be Blake Fuller, founder and CEO of Go Puck wearable battery packs as well as Braille Battery, the official supplier for numerous motorsports organizations including IndyCar.
So it comes as no surprise that his competition Tesla Model S won’t be factory-spec as Fuller has developed a new battery pack that is 80 percent lighter than the factory unit. Since his goal is to break the 13-minute record in the Electric Production class, Fuller is opting to use a lighter, smaller battery since he doesn’t need a long driving range to travel up the world famous Pikes Peak.
Other than knowing that a new battery pack will be used, details on the car itself are scarce. But electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular at the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, since they don’t suffer all the adverse effects of high elevations like traditional combustion engines. Last year, Rhys Millen became the first winner in an all-electric car, setting a new record time for battery-powered cars at 9:07.222.
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