A Tesla Model 3 has taken out first position in the 130 class of the Targa West rally, almost 10 minutes ahead of a lineup of fossil-fuelled competitors including the second fastest competitor, a Holden Commodore VF SS V.
Driven by veteran racers Jurgen and Helen Lunsmann over four days from Thursday to Sunday, the 2019 Performance Model 3 racing for West Australian EV charging business Gemtek became the first electric vehicle to win the 130km/hr speed limited class of the 1,000km race.
The @Tesla Model 3P has won the 130 class of @TargaWestEvents today in #Perth. What a magnificent performance from @gemtek EV Racing and the support charging team. The drive by Jurgen and Helen Lundsmann was faultless… pic.twitter.com/9CRiWbMjlU
— AEVA (@AEVA_National) October 25, 2020
Notably, the Model 3 also beat the times of the 165 class (which is 165km/hr speed limited), coming in a little more than 4 minutes ahead of that class’s winning 1999 Honda Civic.
“This is testament to the acceleration of the Tesla Model 3 Performance Plus,” Gemtek co-founder Floian Popp tells The Driven, also noting and thanking the efforts put in by a team of volunteers.
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