Tesla releases footage of Plaid Model S lap at Laguna Seca

Just over one year ago Tesla took their Plaid Model S prototype to Laguna Seca where they were able to achieve what was at the time a record lap of 1:36.555.

During the company’s Battery Day event yesterday, CEO Elon Musk revealed the latest version of the Plaid Model S was able to significantly reduce that time, setting a new record of 1:30.3 around the track this past Sunday.

The record lap couldn’t have come at a better time, as Lucid Motors took their tri-motor prototype to Laguna Seca just last week. While they haven’t released any official numbers yet, footage taken at the event showed an unofficial time of around 1:33.

Later in the day, Tesla released new in-car footage showing the Model S effortlessly accelerating through corners at breakneck speeds. The video includes a speedometer showing the car reaching a top speed of 147mph (236.5km/h) at one point. That’s 18mph (29km/h) faster when comparing the footage to their previous attempt last year.

With further refinements, Musk believes an even faster time of around 1:27 will be possible.

You can check out the full video below.

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