Watch Tesla Model 3 Put Through The Paces At Laguna Seca
Have a look at the Tesla Model 3’s first filmed laps around a familiar raceway.
Model 3 owner Matt Crowley recently shared his experience on the Tesla Motors Club forum. He took his stock Model 3 (with Unplugged Performance aftermarket springs) to the infamous Laguna Seca to put it through the paces. Needless to say, Crowley was more than pleasantly surprised by the sedan’s success.
Crowley figured the Tesla would only make it a few laps before slowing down, however, this was not the case. His entire session consisted of nine full laps, and the Model 3 hung in there at full power through to the end. During that time, the car used up 135 miles of range and completely wore out its brakes. He shared:
“The first session of the day had NO battery power limitations! Nine laps without slowing down! Yes!”
Generally, the expectation is that the car’s software wouldn’t allow for such a feat. Perhaps Tesla hasn’t updated the software yet to limit performance after a certain period of time, the lighter, more agile car is just better-equipped for such situations, and/or not programmed the same as Tesla’s flagships.
We’re all well aware that that Model 3 can’t live up to true sports cars on this course or any other, but it managed to fare pretty well. Crowley’s best lap was 1:57.50. Teslarati points out a Porsche 911 Carrera’s 1:54.22 and a Honda NSX’ 1:57.00 for comparison.
Video Description via Michael Crowley on YouTube:
Took my Tesla Model 3 on Laguna Seca Raceway for a track day event on Sunday March 4, 2018. This was a last minute decision, since my Porsche Cayman GT4 track car had a check engine light come on, the day before the event. So, why not try the Tesla Model 3 at Laguna…?
Model 3 setup:
– 2017 Tesla Model 3 (rear wheel drive, long range 310 mile, premium upgrades)
– 19″ TSportline cast wheels w/ Pirelli PZero Nero GT tires (PSI: 33 front / 35 rear)
– Lowered 1.5″ w/ ‘moderate’ springs from Unplugged Performance
– Weather forecast: Mostly sunny skies. High around 55F (12.8°C). Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
– Charging: Monterey Supercharger in between sessions (not sure how many times yet)