It’s official! The Electric Performance TV / Tesla racing team supported by technology and product partner, NRS Brakes becomes the 1st production electric vehicle to complete and win North America’s oldest auto race, the treacherous Mt. Washington Hillclimb.
Blake Fuller, a three-time winner and twice electric production record holder, at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (herein after “PPIHC”) raced a 2021Tesla Model S Plaid to the 6,288ft summit and crossed the finish line on the morning of August 15th, 2021, becoming the first “stock electric” winner in the events 117-year history. When Fuller crossed the finish line, his time of 7min 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.
The 2021 Mt. Washington Climb to the Clouds allowed competitors two runs up the treacherous course to set a fastest time. Despite having an average speed over 60 mph in his first run, Blake explained after the 1st run,
“With no practice or testing on this deadly course, controlling over 1,000 hp in a 4,400 lb car, my #1 goal was to make history. My next run will better demonstrate 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 perfect balance of precision and aggression, Fuller established another new record, crossing the finish over 17 seconds faster than his history making run earlier in the day with a time of 7 minutes, 5.841a new record for the “Stock Electric” class at an average speed over 100km/h (62 mph). And, as the official results for all the competitors came in, Fuller now holds the title as the fastest electric driver of any class.
Fuller 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. 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 set up 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.”
It’s official, history made, records broken, and the Electric Performance TV, 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid race car, supported by NRS Brakes is now the fastest electric car ever to “Climb to the Clouds” at Mt. Washington.
About NRS Brakes
NRS Brakes are track tested, race proven and used for setting records for speed and new standard of durability. NRS Brakes were used by Blake Fuller when he won the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a Tesla Model S, and 2020 winning Tesla Model 3 Performance (PPIHC Production Electric Record). NRS is a proud sponsor of Blake Fuller’s records and history making achievements at the 2021 Mt. Washington “Race to the Clouds”.
On the street and for the fleet, NRS Brakes recently expanded its line of premium brake pads for the fully electric Tesla Model Y. With galvanized brake pads designed exclusively for electric vehicles, NRS Brakes offers the efficiency, versatility and reliability Tesla drivers have come to expect.
NRS Brakes are engineered for vehicles regenerative braking, engineering its latest brake pads for the reduced moisture dissipation and increased corrosion risk typical of EV or hybrid brake pads. In addition, NRS brake pads are crafted with sustainability in mind: They never include copper or lead, creating an environmentally cleaner and greener brake pad ideal for the Tesla. With a longer lifespan than any competing aftermarket brake pad, NRS Brakes matches the high safety standards of Tesla vehicles.
NRS Brakes is globally recognized for its premium fully galvanized brake pads that offer advanced noise-canceling piston cushions and shims with best-in-class friction. The Tesla brake pads undergo rigorous testing in one of the world’s most advanced brake testing labs to ensure quality, efficiency and performance.
About ELECTRICPERFORMANCE.TV and Blake Fuller
Electric Performance was founded in 2020 to showcase the advancement of electric technology and to share what is learned from track testing, modifying, and racing electric vehicles.
Founded by Blake Fuller, a disrupter of battery technology and within the automotive racing industry. Fuller founded Braille Battery in 2002 and invented the 1st Lithium Ion Starting Battery 2007 with over 100 battery designs that now power professional racing cars including every IndyCar since 2012. Fuller also invented lithium Wearable Power Solutions like the GO PUCK. Fuller’s battery designs and innovations are also currently in use in Medical, Military, and high-performance E-Mobility vehicles.
Blake is also famous for being the 1st driver to pilot a Tesla to an accredited international win. He is the current Production Electric record holder at Pikes Peak thanks to the support of his community and corporate supporters.
The Electric Performance TV / Tesla racing team is supported by from technology and product partners, NRS Brakes and Toyo Tires, both companies products were used by Fuller on the PPIHC 2016 winning Tesla Model S, and 2020 PPIHC winning Tesla Model 3 Performance (PPIHC Production Electric Record); Vehicle Financing and Transport Logistic support was provided by Track and Field Motors; Technology and design partners Auto Motive Power (AMP), ROBRADY Design, STATOR Mobility; Official charging technology partner, SparkCharge; Official track testing provided by Chin Track Days, and ClubMotorsports.com, both supporters of electric vehicles on track. Community sponsors of the team can be seen on the side of the race car and at www.electricperformance.tv
About Mt. Washington “Climb to the Clouds”
First held in 1904, the “Climb to the Clouds” took place as part of the famous Glidden Tour several months prior to the first-ever Vanderbilt Cup on LongIsland New York, that was first run in the Fall of 1904. The initial Mt. Washington Hillclimb was also seven years before the first-ever 500-mile race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis Indiana, which took place in 1911 and twelve years prior to the inaugural Pikes Peak Hill climb in Colorado which first took place in 1916.
The 7.6 mile “Climb to the Clouds” is without question one of the ultimate proving grounds for both drivers and automobiles anywhere in the world. With no guardrails (which even Pikes Peak has now added), the course consists of a dramatic change of road surfaces, ranging from fresh tarmac to frost-heaved porous asphalt, to gravel with jumps, and climbs as steep as 14%. This road is lined with rocks (some of which protrude from the mountain right into the road at driver’s eye level), trees and dramatic and deadly drop-offs as it climbs to the 6,288 foot summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak – Mt. Washington.
As of 2021 the official record holders for the Mt. Washington “Climb to the Clouds”, based on the type of engine are Travis Pastrana and Blake Fuller.
Internal combustion engine: Travis Pastrana, driving the “Air slayer STI”, a 862-horsepower purpose built “Unlimited Class” Gymkhana 2020 Subaru WRX STI.
Electric engine: Blake Fuller driving the “Electric Performance TV Tesla”, a 1020hp unmodified “Stock Electric Class” 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid.