Tuned Performance Model 3 breaks prototype Plaid Model S lap record at Laguna Seca

On September 11, 2019, Tesla announced it had broken the four-door sedan record for the fastest lap at the famous Laguna Seca racetrack, clocking a time of 1:36.555 in their prototype Plaid Model S.

The team at Unplugged Performance took their tuned Performance Model 3 to the same track this past weekend in preparation for their entry into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb later this month.

What they weren’t expecting was to set a new EV lap record with professional race driver Randy Pobst behind the wheel, beating the previous mark by the Plaid Model S.

With Pobst behind the wheel and the Model 3 modified with parts from Unplugged’s consumer and prototype product lines, the tuned Model 3 set a time of 1:35.79, beating the previous record by nearly a full second.

The latest record is just one of several set this summer, showing the dominance of both stock and modifiedTesla vehicles at race tracks.

One of Unplugged Performance’s Tesla vehicles, their tuned Model Y, also holds the record for fastest SUV at Laguna Seca with a time of 1:39.1. The same Model Y also set a lap record at Buttonwillow race track earlier this summer.

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