Tesla Model 3 Performance shatters all-time EV lap record at Laguna Seca
July 2, 2019 Simon Alvarez
A Tesla Model 3 Performance attacks the track at Laguna Seca Raceway.
(Photo: Tom Cross/Teslarati)
A Tesla Model 3 Performance racecar’s brake
Tesla Model 3 Laguna Seca EV Lap Record - 1:37.5
Uploaded on Jul 2, 2019 Sasha Anis
What an incredible time at Laguna Seca for the 2019 Refuel event and Tesla
Corsa. We met a ton of our friends and customers, and put some sticky
Michelin tires on Cameron's Tesla Model 3.
Thank you so much to Cameron for trusting us with his car, and thank you to
everyone that was such a great help over the weekend. We couldn't have done
it without your help!
This car is equipped with only Mountain Pass Performance standard parts,
This is Cameron's everyday commuter car!
The entire modification list includes: MPP Sports Coilovers with normal
valving and spring rates MPP Rear Camber and Toe Arms MPP Front Upper
Control Arms MPP Front and Rear rotors MPP Braided Brake lines MPP MoTeC
C125 Dash Kit MPP Lightweight battery kit Michelin racing slicks Learn more
at https://www.MountainPassPerformance.com The car also has a front lip and
rear spoiler from Maier ...
A Tesla Model 3 Performance achieved the unthinkable over the past weekend
when it shattered the all-time electric vehicle lap record at the famed
Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.
Ripping through the racetrack in near-stealth fashion, the all-electric
sedan stunned onlookers as it set a lap time of 1:37.5, crushing the
previous lap record of 1:41.2 set by Cameron Rogers in December 2018.
Incidentally, both lap records were set in the same Tesla Model 3
Performance that’s owned by Cameron, with the latest achievement reined in
by driver Sasha Anis of Mountain Pass Performance.
The electric four-door family sedan’s 1:37.5 lap time soundly beats the
Jaguar I-PACE, driven by legendary racecar driver Randy Pobst around the
track in 1:48.6, by nearly 11 seconds. More importantly, Model 3 Performance
beat the previous all-time record set by Lucid Motors in their
purpose-built, 1,000 hp Air prototype that included a stripped out interior
and a full roll cage.
Top 10 Fastest EV Laps at Laguna Seca Raceway
Tesla Model 3 Performance w/mods: 1:37.5 (Teslarati/Mountain Pass
Performance at TeslaCorsa 6/29/19)
Lucid Air 1,000 hp prototype (non-production, full roll cage, race
Tesla Model 3 Performance w/mods (December 2018 record): 1:41.2
Lucid Air 1,000 hp prototype (non-production, full roll cage): 1:41.6
Tesla Model S P100D w/mods: 1:45.2 (Refuel 2019)
Tesla Model 3 Performance: 1:46.8
Tesla Model S P100D (Lucid Motors test driver): 1:47.6
Jaguar I-Pace (Randy Pobst driver): 1.48.18
Tesla Model 3 Long Range rear-wheel drive w/mods: 1:48.6
Tesla Model 3 Long Range rear-wheel drive stock: 1:54.2
The weekend played witness to two EV-centric events at Laguna Seca: the
annual REFUEL event and Tesla Corsa. REFUEL 11 featured time trials and
events for electric vehicles and electric motorcycles in a competitive
setting, while Tesla Corsa was, for many, an opportunity to meet up with
other Tesla owners and enthusiasts who wished to experience the track with
their electric cars. This was the first time that the Model 3 Performance
was able to join REFUEL, as the vehicle was not yet available during last
year’s annual meet. The Model 3 Performance made an impact in both events,
performing record-setting runs, back-to-back on Friday and Saturday during
Tesla Corsa. The Model 3 Performance would win REFUEL 11 the following day
after setting the fastest qualifying lap in its event debut.
What is quite remarkable about the record-setting Model 3 is that the
vehicle is a regular commuter car that’s been upgraded with standard
off-the-shelf Mountain Pass Performance parts that include an adjustable
coilover suspension, upgraded control arms, improved brakes, and a second
set of track tires. The vehicle’s owner, Cameron Rogers, who also previously
held the production EV lap record at Laguna Seca, uses the vehicle to get to
and from work on a daily basis.
Teslarati and Mountain Pass Performance joined Cameron in his mission to
prove that Tesla’s first track-capable sedan could really be a formidable
opponent to gas cars on a closed circuit racetrack. More importantly, we set
out to turn the Motorsport world entirely on its head.
When Elon Musk announced the Model 3 Performance, he stated that the vehicle
would be competitive on the track even against track-capable gas cars. The
electric sedan’s new lap record at Laguna Seca Raceway suggests that the
CEO’s words were accurate, as the vehicle’s 1:37.5 time bests that of far
costlier performance cars, including the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, BMW M4 GTS,
the Porsche 911, and the Aston Martin Vantage.
It should be noted that the Model 3 Performance is Tesla’s most affordable
Performance vehicle in its lineup. The car currently retails for $59,900,
and is available in multiple territories today, meaning customers in North
America, Europe, and China could acquire a car with the performance to beat
nearly all production cars around a track. If that’s not an inflection point
for the motoring world, it’s hard to imagine what is.
Watch Sasha rip through the corkscrew at Laguna Seca in a Tesla Model 3
Performance and set the all-time EV lap record for a production car.
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