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Tesla Model 3 takes on Pikes Peak hill climb in performance and range test
July 2, 2018  Simon Alvarez



Topping Pikes Peak in a Tesla Model 3
Jun 25, 2018 - Uploaded by Peter Lafford - 5:59
Last 3 miles of my own Pikes Peak Hill Climb a week before the official 2018
Hill Climb. No suprises... just a ...Peter’s silver Model 3 take on the
final miles of the Pikes Peak hill climb

An unmodified Tesla Model 3 took on the famed climb to the 14,000-ft summit
of Pikes Peak, the site of one of the most intense hill climb events in the
automotive world. As noted by the Model 3’s owner, the compact electric car
handled the 12.42-mile climb flawlessly, with no signs of performance

The man behind the wheel of the Model 3 was Peter Lafford, who was featured
in a previous article for his stunning and clever mod to his vehicle’s
18-inch Aero Wheels. Peter had taken on Pikes Peak multiple times in the
past, several of them driving an internal combustion vehicle. In a
conversation with Teslarati, Peter recalled an instance when he and his
father had to slow down their car to a crawl just to reach the summit,
leaving behind vehicle after vehicle that were stalled on the side of the

Being the go-to track for uphill endurance races, Pikes Peak features 156
turns and a change of elevation of almost 5,000 feet. This means that as the
car climbs higher, the vehicle gets less oxygen from the thinner air,
effectively sapping performance from both vehicle and its driver. In this
sense, electric vehicles, whose electric motors do not get affected by low
oxygen levels, have an inherent advantage in Pikes Peak. This was proven
recently when Volkswagen’s I.D. R vehicle — an electric supercar designed to
tackle the hill climb — shattered the all-time record for the Pikes Peak
Challenge, reaching the summit in just 7:57.148.  

While Peter Laffords’ Pikes Peak run in the Model 3 was limited by speed
restrictions for civilian drivers in the area, a video of the drive shows
just how well the compact electric car took the turns and the steep climb
without breaking a sweat. As could be seen in footage from his run, Peter
drove his car spiritedly. He began the hill climb with an 80% battery state
of charge and reached the summit with 60%. Using the vehicle’s regenerative
braking (set to Standard), he was able to regain 8% worth of range,
returning with a 68% state of charge by the time he reached the toll booth
at the bottom.

Peter’s climb up to the summit of Pikes Peak stands as yet another feat for
Tesla’s compact electric car. Over the past months, the vehicle has started
gaining a reputation as a solid electric car that can handle spirited
driving for extended periods of time. Just recently, a Model 3 with
aftermarket suspension and brakes took the pole position at the Canadian
Sport Compact Series Time Attack series, beating a Porsche Boxter and a
Mazda RX-8 and finishing 5th overall from a lineup of more than a hundred

What’s particularly impressive, however, is the fact that all Model 3
currently on the road today are non-Performance Long Range RWD versions of
the electric car. Thus, the automotive world is yet to witness the true
capability of a Model 3 that is built from the ground up to be a performance
[© teslarati.com]

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