We’ve reported our fair share of Tesla accidents, but those happening to a race car driver are far and few between. However, a recent story has surfaced by one of the most consistent Tesla racers we know, and it’s details are telling.
On Wednesday, Tesla driver Randy Pobst wrote about his experience crashing in a Tesla Model 3 Performance at over 113 mph and 13,000 feet at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, released by Motor Trend.
The essay is a thorough documentation of Pobst’s crash, including how he and the team at Unplugged Performance have “risen from the ashes” with a new, race-ready Model 3 since the accident.
In the article, Pobst writes, “I slam the Tesla into the vintage rock wall separating the road from a thousand-foot drop-off (hence, Bottomless). The Model 3 flies into the air and lands unceremoniously in the drainage ditch beyond.” He continues, “I have wrecked this beautiful new creation.”
Despite the accident, Pobst has been racing Teslas for several years, with a number of victories to show forth. He also recovered nicely following the Pikes Peak race, with a second-place at half power in a fully rebuilt UP Tesla Model 3 Performance. In addition, he and the Unplugged team plan to come back to the Pikes Peak race “better than ever” next year.
Zachary Visconti is a news writer covering Tesla and other EV companies, as well as stories about electric battery news, autonomous driving, and all things sustainable technology. Currently residing in Santa Rosa, California. Loves his wife, his cat Banks, and a good cup of coffee.