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Unplugged Performance Pikes Peak Plaid (Plaid Peak) Testing - one interesting note

So for those of you who haven't seen this posted elsewhere, Unplugged Performance is again teaming up with Randy Pobst to take on Pikes Peak. Last year Randy was driving a Model 3 and got caught out in practice and crashed. He still raced, but on very reduced top speed.

This year they're back...with a Plaid!


One huge thing to note, apparently the car's upgraded cells / thermal management is enough to retain full power deep into the pack. So despite the legacy cell form factor, it would appear that the car's on-track performance is much improved vs. the older S's.

"Power is the big one. This is more than four times the power we ended up racing last year. Unintentionally so," Schaffer said. Obviously, the Model S is heavier than the Model 3, however, "the battery pack and the cooling systems are much better."

Illustrating this point, Schaffer points out that as the state of charge decreased in the Model 3, "the power would go down in ratio to some degree." The same does not hold true
for the Unplugged Performance's Pikes Plaid racer. At one point Pobst rolled into the pits at Laguna Seca with 34 percent charge remaining, only to announce the car feels as quick as it does with a full charge. "That's a big difference."
 
This best part is that UP is a partner so they'll get likely get full Tesla support. I'm sure they had a close relationship before, but it's telling that UP had a fully built S Plaid the day after.

Right. They were at the track, in a fully prepped car, 48 hours later. No doubt they had their car well before the delivery event.
 
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mark95476

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Exterior, roll cage, and stripped interior aside, I think enthusiasts would really want to know about the internal tweaks/settings/data/...etc... UP get access to.

Supposedly Randy helped with M3 track mode, but the Pike's Peak vehicle can't be used for that.

Right. They were at the track, in a fully prepped car, 48 hours later. No doubt they had their car well before the delivery event.
Right now UP and Probst are teslas unofficial race team
 
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They didn't exactly publish a press release with the info.

But from what I have picked up on social media, it didn't overheat at all.
That would be awesome! If UP or Randy are saying that on social media please point me to that. I don’t follow all social media and could very have missed it. But, all I see are folks inferring cooling results from the SOC results. They are different.
 
"Even more impressive and true to Tesla's word, the Plaid is capable of posting those times consistently, never varying by more than a fraction of a second or so each time we rocketed down the strip. We've never tested a car so robotic in its consistency."


They didn't exactly publish a press release with the info.

But from what I have picked up on social media, it didn't overheat at all.
That would be awesome! If UP or Randy are saying that on social media please point me to that. I don’t follow all social media and could very have missed it. But, all I see are folks inferring cooling results from the SOC results. They are different.
 

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Anyone looking for a wing?

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Randy Pobst Looks Ready To Tackle Pikes Peak In This New Tesla Model S From Unplugged Performance @ Top Speed
 
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