Video: Tesla Model S at ButtonWillow Raceway

MAR 25 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 4

According to Teslarati, “ButtonWillow Raceway is a 3.1 mile long road course near Bakersfield, California. The turns throughout the course look deceptively simple, but surely are not. We’ve never seen so many cars spin out and lose control before on any track.”

Tesla Model S at ButtonWillow

Tesla Model S at ButtonWillow

This video shows a Tesla Model S lapping ButtonWillow Raceway.  For full details on the event, check out this Teslarati post.

If only interested in some of the details, then here they are:

  • Top Speed: 113 mph
  • Lowest Optimal Tire Pressure (20” G-Force Rivals): 35 hot
  • Max Later G: approx. 1.5
  • Run Group: Green (Intermediate) with “Extreme Speed Track Events”
  • Best Lap Time: 2:19.681 (for comparison, the fastest car in the class was 2:11 and the slowest – 2:33)
  • Best Place in the Class: 12
  • Lap Time Slip after Model S Power Limitation: 7 seconds

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4 Comments on "Video: Tesla Model S at ButtonWillow Raceway"

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Agreed that racing isn’t too much fun to watch, but a blast to participate in. The car looked composed, and after the first lap it appears he was more confident {or felt the tires were warmed up enough} and he pushed a little harder. Was this the P85 Model S? It was cool to watch the speedometer ramp up like a tachometer in most cars. 🙂

Thanks ! Good observation 🙂 The first lap is actually a warm-up lap, so everyone goes fairly slow. For Tesla, there is no warm-up needed for the drivetrain components obviously, but good for the tires. And also since the warm-up and cool-down laps are not timed, I try to save as much power as possible.

Christopher Allessi II

Center Console and Dash screens are dark. He had the ABS fuse pulled to completely shut off the Traction Control and limiter.

Hi. It was MS 85, non-performance version. I did not pull the fuse. I used the screen cleaning mode to disable the center console. The reason for that is, it flickers when on camera, and it’s so prominent that it screws up the whole viewing experience.