Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Set New Laguna Seca Record

DEC 13 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 15

Tesla beats a Tesla for the win again.

The production EV record at the Laguna Seca track has been set and beat over and over in recent months. Previously, it was held by a Tesla Model S P100D until this Tesla Model 3 Performance prevailed. As you can see from the list below, Lucid has found solid success as well, but its cars are not yet in production.

The recent record of 1:41:28 was set by Cameron Rogers driving a Model 3 Performance that was modified by Mountain Pass Performance. So, if we want to be picky on the mods, the Model S P100D could still be considered the “stock” winner. Additionally, the same car that Rogers used to set the new record also made waves at the Global Attack event. However, despite recording an impressive time, it was disqualified since electric cars are not allowed to place at the event.

With many EVs coming to market in the near future, we will continue to see plenty of new records set and broken by electric vehicles. The all-new Jaguar I-Pace already has a place on the list below as well.

Video Description via Cameron Rogers on YouTube:

Tesla Model 3 Perf Laguna Seca – 1:41.28

New Production EV record at Laguna Seca.

Special thanks to my sponsors at:

Mountainpass Performance https://www.mountainpassperformance.com

Maier Racing https://www.maierracing.com/product-c…

Here is a list of mods on the car:

  • Mountain Pass Performance AWD Sport coilovers
  • Mountain Pass Performance Arastradero camber arms
  • Maier Racing front and rear carbon spoilers
  • Custom brake pads, Castrol SRF fluid
  • Enkei 18 x 9.5″ wheels
  • Hoosier A7 255mm DOT street-legal tires

Previous production EV Laguna Seca records:

  • Tesla Model 3 LR stock: 1:54.2
  • Tesla Model 3 LR w/mods: 1:48.6
  • Jaguar I-Pace Randy Pobst: 1.48.1
  • Tesla Model S P100D Lucid test driver: 1:47.6
  • Tesla Model 3 Performance: 1:46.8
  • Tesla Model S P100D Tesla test driver: 1:43.0
  • Lucid Air prototype (non-production, full roll cage): 1:41.6
  • Tesla Model 3 Performance w/mods: 1:41.2
  • Lucid Air prototype (non-production, full roll cage, race tires): 1:39.3

Source: Electrek

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15 Comments on "Watch Tesla Model 3 Performance Set New Laguna Seca Record"

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Faster than prototypes that costs 3 times more… well, thats impressive.

Note this Mod 3P was not stock, whereas those prototypes were stock. Regardless this Mod 3P put down a great time, nonetheless.

Stock prototypes?….lol….you’re killing me!

Sorry, I didn’t know the stock Lucid Air comes with a full roll cage…

*derp*
Excuse my keyboard commando response…. just realized that prototype had non-stock brakes, stripped interior, roll cage, etc.

Carry on!

I will be more impressed when it can beat the best in class production cars. Nissan GT-R 1:35 or BMW M4 1:36 for example. I think the time for having to put the qualification “best EV” is past.

Wow, a BMW M4 is 6 seconds faster? Ouch.

There is no need to lie.

BMW M4_1:39.69
Tesla Model 3 Performance w/mods: 1:41.2

Difference 1,51 seconds.

and keep in mind the rest of BMW M series times:

BMW M5 (G30) Randy Pobst 1:39.81
BMW M6 (F13) Randy Pobst 1:40.52
BMW M3 (E92) unknown 1:42.96

In my opinion Tesla has fulfil the promise of deliver a car capable of compete in a track race.

Well done, Tesla.

Nope, not even close. They delivered a car which is 7 seconds slower, which after suspension, wheel, tire and brake upgrades (literally everything that makes a car faster around a track) was still 1.5 seconds slower.

I think the Model 3 performance is fast enough.
We don’t know what the drivers skill level is on this video and the BMW M4 GTS is a limited production vehicle, for racing.
You don’t think you cherry picking just a bit? BMW M3 (E92) 1:42.96, BMW I8 Randy P 1:44.29, Subaru WRX STI Randy Pobst 1:47.16, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Randy Pobst 1:38.04

Full list here.
https://fastestlaps.com/tracks/laguna-seca-post-1988

Pobst did a 1:39 in the M4, and keep in mind he is a veteran pro racer.

Randy could probably drop a couple seconds off of what this guy from Mountain Pass got in the TM3.

I assume this was with track mode? Or maybe the mountain pass hack that disables traction control?

“it was disqualified since electric cars are not allowed to place at the event”, so funny.
Not fair because they are electric?

It is nice to know that the model 3 will handle well enough to make good times at the track but for all those who keep saying “X” is still 1 to 2 seconds faster…who cares? The amount of people that will take their model 3 to the track to actually race can probably be counted on one hand. This isn’t a race car as it comfortably seats 4 adults and is capable of putting 5 in it while caring a full two week load of groceries in its frunk and trunk. If you want an electric racer wait until the Tesla roadster comes out which seems it is made for the track with its huge brakes, large batteries, giant motors and small back seats and trunk. If you can’t wait for the Tesla the tiny interior of the porche Taycan screams track car with its low slung body that would probably have a hard time getting over a large speed bump to it’s cramped back seats and almost non existent trunk.