Watch Tesla Model 3 Set New Record At Laguna Seca


The record run was done by an almost completely stock Tesla Model 3

We’ve seen a Tesla Model 3 run the Pikes Peak hill climb, doing it with ease and with a steady pace. Now, a lightly modded Model 3 just set the electric production GT car record at Laguna Seca. And no, this is not the Tesla Model 3 Performance version of the small electric sedan either.

The record-setting run was done last weekend by Cameron Rogers and his dark blue Model 3. The vehicle was slightly tuned to make it better accustomed to such a high-performance driving situation. But, overall, this Tesla Model 3 doesn’t differ in any significant way when compared to the OEM vehicle.

First, Rogers improved the rather poor braking performance of the Model 3. This was done by an addition of Hawk Performance Blue 9012 Racing Brake Pads and using racing brake fluid. Additionally, a set of lightweight Enkei RAIJIN wheels sized 18×9.5 in the front and 18×9.5 in the rear was installed, alongside Hoosier racing tires. For the sticky tires, the sizes he opted in for are 255/35/18 in the front and in the rear.

In the end, Rogers’ time was 1:48.667. Currently, the lap record of 1:10.10 is held by an Acura ARX-01b – but that car comes with 558 horsepower and weighs just 825kg (1818lbs). The Tesla Model 3 did rather well and we can only expect the upcoming Model 3 Performance to do even better. Until somebody does a hot lap in that car, here’s what the record-setting run looked like in the video below.

Source: Electrek

Categories: Racing, Tesla, Videos

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

34 Comments on "Watch Tesla Model 3 Set New Record At Laguna Seca"

newest oldest most voted

Nicely done ‼️

Interesting story, but this car was actually the second fastest time set in Production GT at the event. The fastest time goes to David Lickfold in a Model S at 1:47.261.

Still pretty slow… Need to be in the 1:30’s before I get too excited

And will you be excited when the Model 3 Performance version does it in the 1:30s? I doubt it. You will move the bar and say that you meant 1:30 flat or that I meant 1:30s for a car that cost less than $50,000.

The challenge with all the Tesla’s at the event is that they were only good for 1-3 hard laps before their batteries overheated and the car put itself in reduced power mode. These cars are certainly great sprinters, but don’t have the guts to be a marathoner.

No, If the Model 3P gets in the 1:30’s stock I will be impressed, and full of compliments.

Can’t wait to see AWD / Performance times!

The folks in this story need to hook up with the folks from this story:

I think you meant the “braking” performance, not the “breaking” performance in the third paragraph. You did get Brake Pads right, so it was obviously a slip of the pen. And feel free to delete this comment after you fix it. 😉

Well done! Love the wheels, they look great on the 3.
Eagerly awaiting to see what a P model will do with a similar setup!!

That is an interesting perspective. Not a single one of the cars on that list with a time less than 1:48.667 was a non-performance 4-door family sedan.

Every single one with a better time was a sports car, or an AMG/V/M/RS/WRX performance package vehicle. A lot of those times were also in the hands of a professional driver with multiple championship titles under his belt.

It is amazing that Tesla has a time that fast, set by an amateur driver, without it even being their performance version yet hitting the track!!!

To be clear, this is merely the electric record.

Thank you… And the upcoming Porsche BEV is going to annihilate it… without adding racing tires and brake pads.

And so will the Performance Model 3. What’s your point?

This is the non-performance version of a midsize family sedan.

With Race Tires and Brake pads… That is not stock like the other cars on the list Patrick posted. Stock is stock.. Modified is Modified…

Why do you attack everything I post and try to spin the situation? 1:48.7 is not impressive in a car with modifications. If the Model 3P can get into the 1:30’s I will be impressed…

The vast majority of the times lower than 1:48.667 on Patrick’s list were also set by professional racers, most with multiple championships under their belt. Every single one of those cars with lower times are also either sports cars or performance packaged M/RS/AMG/V/WRX, etc high performance variants.

Is your point that just a set of tires and some track day pads in the hands of an amateur, is all it takes to transform a non-performance 4-door family sedan into a car comparable with a list professionally driven sports cars and performance packaged M/RS/AMG/V/WRX, etc high performance variants?

That is pretty damn good now that you point that out! Thanks for showing us exactly how impressive the results are with just some tires and pads in the hands of an amateur!!

I can’t wait until a pro driver with multiple championships under his belt like Randy Pobst finally gets a chance to take the actual performance version of the TM3 around the track!

I can’t wait for that too… Randy will be open about the poor Tesla brakes, might finally shut you up… haha!

I think you already forgot, the Tesla Model 3 that did the slow 1:48 lap had Racing Tires, and better brake pads… Thats not stock kiddo..

It is certainly “stock” for any track car. Almost all cars come with street pads none of which will iive on a track. You can’t really run track pads on a street car as they need a bit of heat to work so the first cold morning commute you are going to blow right through the first stop sign. Or so “my friend” told me.

Sure, Performance cars like BMW M3 or CTS-V come with performance pads that strike a balance between full track pads and street pads. My feeling on the Model 3 LR is the brakes are a bit undersize, for that weight of car. Pads can only help so much, when you have a heavy car, like the upcoming Model 3P (my guess 4200LB) you need larger rotor diameter for better braking leverage.

What evidence do you have that the cars on that list are stock in the sense of OEM tires and brake pads?

“Stock” doe not mean “as it came from the factory”, it means whatever the race sanctioning body rulebook says it means. In the SCCA Solo II stock classes and the SCCA street car Time Trial classes brake pads are free. Tires are free in n Solo II and only require tread wear 200 or greater (pretty much free) for Time Trials. SCCA Showroom Stock or Touring road racing cars are actually pretty heavily modified (roll cages, seam welding etc, suspension, calipers etc). It is implausible that those recorded times with Randy Pobst or Steve Millen driving were with cars that had no prep at all because who would bother. If you want a fast time, you setup the car for the rules and do you best within that.

Most of Randy Pobst times were run in cars for Motor-trend Hot Lap segment and use cars that are in their regular new car reviews. They do not “prep” a new car for something like this as a “prep” would nearly constitute fraud. I know for a fact that when GM runs an official lap on the Nurburgring, they use a car with the engine tuned to the lowest side of their HP/TQ tolerance, and tires and suspensions are all set in the middle of the recommended range, unless specified in their press release. All their records should be repeatable if someone buys a car off the showroom floor and runs it in similar conditions. GM even tests and certifies the fuel before a record run to make sure there is nothing special. They are very scientific to make sure the test is repeatable, and actually when they make adjustment in the shock programming that are made for the Nurburgring those changes are also in the production model. GM also does not use “race drivers” specifically for their records, they are usually run by vehicle dynamics engineers.

Hmm, Racing tires and brake pads, and still 11 seconds slower then showroom stock $48K Camaro SS 1LE, not sure we should be getting too excited about this record…. VW just broke a world record for any vehicle on Pikes Peak, thats far more impressive to me.

True, but one is a purpose built race car (the VW IDR. The other is a quick midsize premium sedan. The Camaro is a dedicated sports car.

This isn’t the performance version of the Model 3. It is Tesla’s non-performance midsize family sedan. Which you know, self-admitted GM fanboi.

Well the Camaro SS 1LE has windows, and a/c, so I do not consider it a race car… Its just fast…. and RWD just like the Model 3.

This should be the goal of Model 3P 1:39 would be impressive….

As a GM fanboi, you certainly are ignorant about GM just as much as you are ignorant about Tesla!! The 1le is GM’s self-described track package. And again, since you can’t seem to wrap your head around it, the car in this story is Tesla’s NON-track version, NON=performance version, 4 door midsize family sedan.

Chevy’s mid-size family sedan is the Malibu. The Camero is a sports car with a track package. Sorry you lost all your fingers and toes and now can’t count to 4 to tell the difference between a 4-door family sedan and a 2-door sports car.

You might think your little bullbucky game plays at other green websites, but it doesn’t play here.

Now, do you know the difference between a 2-door sports car designed specifically for the track, and a 4 door family sedan or not? Yes or no. Stop the bullpucky and the pain of making a fool of yourself will end.

But you know all of this already. Because it was already explained to you THREE DAYS AGO on another EV website you troll when you tried the exact same line of BS about the 1le track package over there. So when you come here acting dumb about something that you already knew 3 days ago, you are going to get slaughtered every single time for being a dumb fool.

Now, do you know the difference between a 2-door sports car designed specifically for the track, and a 4 door family sedan or not? Yes or no. Stop the bullpucky and the pain of making a fool of yourself will end.

Here you are again with the “showroom stock” mantra. What do you actually know about the prep for that particular Camaro on that particular day? If the answer is not “nothing”, I’ll pour one out for you.

I like seeing track videos more than the ubiquitous drag race videos. They haven’t posted the official results on the refuel website yet,…anyone got links to the data?

1:10 is record, so how can you say 1:48 is a record??? it is faaaar slower. please don’t make up headlines.

I’d be curious to see the condition of the brake components after this run. I remember seeing the pads and rotors destroyed on one after 9 miles @ Laguna Seca.

They put track pads on it (because they were on the track) compared to stock pads. The track pads are most certainly just fine, like with any other car you put track pads on to go to the track.

Brake pads have a failure point at high temps where once they hit that temp wear skyrockets. That temp is much higher for track pads. It is not at all surprising to have a street pad that is perfectly fine for street use hit critical temps at the track in any car and then fail quickly. That’s why there are track pads.

The rotors and the rest of the brake components didn’t have any problem themselves. They were just damaged after the pads failed and the driver INTENTIONALLY ignored the pad failure and continued to push hard and brake hard anyways. This is nothing a track pad wouldn’t have solved in the first place, and the rotors wouldn’t have been damaged if the driver would have pulled off the track when the pads failed.

If you watched the second video in the fine article you would know the answer to this as they discussed and showed the rotors and pads after the track sessions. They were fine.