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.
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.
Buttonwillow Raceway camping and racing experience in the Unplugged Performance Tesla Model Y. Fun and seriously fast! pic.twitter.com/yuewfMWAzP
— Ben Schaffer (@BenSchafferUP) June 14, 2020
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.