Professional driver Dai Yoshihara will be behind the wheel.
The 2021 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) will have a new and exciting participant this year. Turn 14 Distribution, a wholesale performance warehouse distributor, announced that a Tesla Model 3 Performance modified by Evasive Motorsports will be competing at this year's installment of the iconic race. Last year, Evasive Motorsports attained a first-place finish in the Unlimited Division of the PPIHC.
This special Model 3 will be driven by professional driver Dai Yoshihara, who stated on his Facebook page that he was "super excited" to get behind the wheel of the Model 3 at this year's event. This isn't the first time that an electric car has participated in the PPIHC, but is one of the most exciting, since any member of the public can make their Model 3 look just like the race car.
Back in 2018, the Volkswagen ID. R. Pikes Peak broke records when it became the first car to conquer the course in a time of under eight minutes. Tesla has an imperfect record at the event, though; last year, two Model 3s wiped out in the early practice session, leaving just one left to compete in the main event. Evasive Motorsports will be hoping for a more successful run this time around.
The modified Tesla looks fantastic with its widened body, gigantic dual-plane rear wing, flared front fenders, and rear diffuser, all of which can also be purchased by the public, as Evasive Motorsport sells the widebody kit for $3,256 in FRP form or $4,939 in carbon fiber.
Of course, it sits lower than the stock Model 3 as well thanks to a KW Suspension system. Toyo tires are fitted and should make this Model 3 a formidable competitor in the hands of Yoshihara. In a recent video on YouTube, the driver got behind the wheel of Evasive Motorsports' Tesla Model 3, saying that "racing in an electric car is new to me, and it's been such a great experience learning all the ins and outs of this car."
The team assembled at Buttonwillow Raceway where an excellent time of 01:54:50 was set. The 2021 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, or Race to the Clouds as it is commonly known, will take place on June 27. With EVs retaining power despite an increase in altitude, it will be exciting to see what the Tesla Model 3 can achieve.