Image credit: The Kilowatts @klwtts
Tesla’s Model Y and Model 3 continue to impress when being put to the test on the track, with both of these models recently showing some impressive times for both stock and modified versions.
The Kilowatts (@klwtts) recently took their bone stock Tesla Model Y to Buttonwillow Raceway in California and had consistent lap times of 2 minutes and 10 seconds, setting new unmodified SUV records, with its fastest time of 2:09:252.
“Last weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway for Tesla Corsa 9 we scored a record time of 2:09.252 with an unmodified Tesla Model Y Performance. As you’ll see in this video, the Model Y consistently put up lap times around 2:10 throughout the day. The craziest part is that this is the exact car you receive in the US when you purchase the Dual Motor Performance variant with the stock wheels 21” Überturbine Wheels with Pirelli P Zero Summer Tires. Our only modifications were the addition of a 3M Vinyl wrap and the tire pressure reduced to 32psi. [Amateur] Driver, no performance improvements or weight reductions,” explained the YouTube channel.
Check out the video below—it’s pretty cool in 360 degrees:
Image credit: Unplugged Performance (@UnpluggedTesla)
When it comes to Tesla’s Model 3, a modified version on the track by Unplugged Performance is also turning some heads, especially its time recorded on July 25, 2020, also at Buttonwillow Raceway.
“We broke both the street tire and slick records at TeslaCorsa 9 during the first shakedown of our Pikes Peak race car! With a lap of 1:53.27 we’re now putting an EV smack down to the fastest ICE cars! This car uses our bolt-on Ascension-R parts package + gutted interior,” explains the tuners. Their record stands as the fastest Tesla ever recorded at Buttonwillow.
In the video below Unplugged Performance notes, “Harry’s lap timer recorded data but unfortunately not video of the fastest lap on street tires or slicks, however this lap of 1:53.7 is within half a second of the fastest lap and is likely more entertaining to watch since this lap time was accomplished despite going off track and being held up in traffic!”
We’ve seen Teslas crush gas vehicles on the drag strip numerous times and now it’s equally impressive seeing what the Model Y and Model 3 can do on the race track.