As Unplugged Performance explains, the Tesla Model S Plaid Race Car that was driven by Randy Pobst managed to cut five seconds from last year's qualifying run despite starting its way up the mountain at 70-percent battery charge.
This time, the team is running bigger brakes while cutting down on the regenerative braking. Instead of having it at 100 percent, the team is evaluating a setup with just 25 percent regenerative braking.
Doing so will dramatically increase the strain on the braking system, and they also want to assess how cutting back on regenerative braking will affect the battery during and at the end of the run.
It is important to note that regenerative braking will help keep the charge level higher than not having it at all, but its elimination may have unexpected effects on battery temperatures. The temperatures need to be within a specific range to ensure that the vehicle does not enter any kind of built-in limitation, which will be detrimental to performance the second it starts.
The team is also working on perfecting the tuning of the UP Ohlins TTX four-way adjustable Pikes Peak spec coilovers, as well as on the specific race aero developed for the Model S. While the vehicle is based on a production car, it has been adapted in many ways to make it better for Pikes Peak.
Despite the fact that this car came from the factory with a yoke, Randy Pobst continues to run a conventional race steering wheel in it, but the latter topic has already been discussed back at last year's Pikes Peak run.