Like it or not, the electric revolution is coming. Electric cars already outpower IC-driven ones in contests of acceleration and as battery technology and battery management improves, it’s only a matter of time before the IC engine becomes an antique. Evasive Motorsports is already pushing the boundaries with their latest Pikes Peak/Time attack machine and it recently competed in the iconic event. As before, 2020 Unlimited Class Winner, Dai Yoshihara drove the Evasive Tesla Model 3 to the summit, and we went along as support for the chassis setup.
The story of this year’s event took a sad twist which we will talk about later, but first let’s take a look at just what is inside this revolutionary car.
The inclusive full cage was built by Chris Eimer of Eimer Engineering and it is pretty stout to be able to stand up to the violent crashes Pikes Peak can generate.
The cage was sort of difficult to make because the Tesla unibody uses a combination of welded steel and bonded aluminum stampings. The Tesla unibody is already pretty strong and the cage just makes it stronger and stiffer.
The car makes extensive use of carbon fiber to reduce weight. Evasive was able to remove about 900 lbs from the car and the cage added about 140 lbs back in. The carbon roof takes the place of the factory glass roof and removes in seconds for maintenance and access to the inside of the car. The doors and trunk are carbon as well.
A Motec C126 handles critical driver display and data logging. Data logging is critical to try to figure out how the batteries are being managed.