Tesla Model 3 Is Crashed, Rebuilt, And Driven In Pikes Peak All In 3 Days
#Teslurrected! First test, it runs! Unplugged Performance Tesla Model 3 is going out for its pre-race tests. …Posted by Randy Pobst on Saturday, August 29, 2020
This crew had a busy weekend. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb took place this weekend. This year, there were 3 modified Tesla Model 3s in the mix. However, it wasn’t smooth sailing for any of them. In fact, two of them crashed with damage beyond repair and one crashed needing a fast-paced rebuild.
The remaining Tesla belonged to seasoned racer, Randy Pobst, and his Unplugged Performance Tesla Model 3 Ascension-R. The crash occurred earlier in the week while Pobst lost control, went airborne, and smashed the car against a boulder on the infamous course. The mistake almost cost them the whole race but luckily, he has a stellar team.
Within 48 hours, the team found another Model 3 to source various parts from to help rebuild the crashed EV. A local body shop specializing in Teslas helped the team with new wheels and framework.
Within 36 hours of the crash, the Model 3 was back in action as if nothing ever happened. Not only was the Tesla back, but it was ready to make its mark. Pobst managed to finish the race in third place. And while it might have been a full minute slower than his qualifying run, it’s not too shabby for a completely rebuild vehicle. His recorded time was 11:04.131.