Source: NRS Brakes announcement
TORONTO – The Electric Performance TV / Tesla racing team’s Tesla Model S Plaid sedan, supported by technology and product partner NRS Brakes, recently became the first production electric vehicle to complete North America’s oldest auto race, the Mt. Washington Hill Climb in New Hampshire.
Blake Fuller, a three-time winner and twice electric production record holder at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) raced the Model S Plaid to the 6,288-foot becoming the first Stock Electric class winner in the event’s 117-year history.
When Fuller crossed the finish line, his time of seven minutes, 23 seconds set the first record for the Stock Electric class. That afternoon, after his second run and all the competitors finished, Fuller would beat that record time, and became the fastest driver ever up the Race to the Clouds in an electric car.
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The 2021 Mt. Washington Climb to the Clouds allowed competitors two runs up the treacherous course to set a fastest time.
“With no practice or testing on this deadly course, controlling over 1,000 hp in a 4,400-pound car, my number one goal was to make history,” said Blake. “My next run better demonstrated for all the fans of Tesla and electric cars, more of what the new Model S Plaid Electric Performance TV race car can do!”
Demonstrating a balance of precision and aggression, Fuller established another record, crossing the finish over 17 seconds faster than his earlier run with a time of seven minutes, 5.841 seconds at an average speed over 100km/h (62 mph).
Fuller now holds the title as the fastest electric driver of any class.
He summarized his thoughts on making history, setting records, and being the fastest electric driver at Mt. Washington, “Before the race it seemed the goal of finishing this event would be one of the biggest challenges in my racing career.
“Our results could not have happened without the great community of individuals that support the Electric Performance TV racing team our technology partners like NRS Brakes. From the data gathered at Mt. Washington and track testing after the event, I am very excited to work with NRS Brakes to develop products for the new Model S Plaid.”
“Following this epic result, I am already looking forward to the100th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb,” said Fuller. “I used NRS Brakes’ Galvanized Brakes Pads on my 2016 and 2020 record-breaking Tesla race cars. This data and continued development will enable NRS Brakes to provide the best setup for much-needed braking performance to the exceptionally powerful Model S Plaid on these dangerous roads. And, of course, giving us a chance to break my previous record.”
Montu Khokhar, CEO of NRS brakes, remembers the Pikes Peak record-breaking performance, “We already knew that Blake was a phenomenal driver, and in 2020 we helped pair him with the best brake pads available in the market – our award winning NRS Galvanized Brake pads. The result was a record-breaking finish at Pikes Peak and we’ve supported him since.”