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Tesla Model Y Performance turns heads at Buttonwillow race track on its way to a new record

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The Tesla Model Y has only been out for about 3 months, and it has already been modified by well-known Tesla tuning company Unplugged Performance (UP).

Those changes include some prototype suspension and brake modifications, but nothing (yet) that enhances the power output from the electric SUV.

This past weekend UP took their blue Model Y to Buttonwillow Raceway Park for some testing to see how quick it could make it around the 3.1 mile (4.98km) track, located just north of Los Angeles.

Surprising many at the track, the tuned Model Y completed its fastest lap in an eye-popping time of 2:01.92, setting a new record for SUVs at the track.

To put that time into context, the record lap puts it in the same bracket as some very expensive sports cars specifically designed for fast laps. The time was faster by nearly two tenths of a second than a Porsche 997 911 Turbo, and was within half a second of a Porsche 997 911 GT3.

Buttonwillow Tesla track times

To rub salt in the wound of those cars it beat, the driver of the Model Y camped out in the back seat the night before the track session.

But Unplugged Performance isn’t laying down after setting the record. In speaking with Teslarati, UP president Ben Shaffer believes they will achieve a sub 2-minute time with some further suspension upgrades that are coming soon.

Check out the full video below, and enjoy watching the family-friendly electric SUV passing cars on the track like they’re standing still.

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