Watch Tesla’s Model S Plaid Set an EV Record at Car and Driver’s ‘Lightning Lap’ [VIDEO]

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On Wednesday, we reported how Tesla’s Model S Plaid set a new electric vehicle lap record at the Virginia International Raceway Grand Course, as part of Car and Driver’s annual ‘Lightning Lap’ time trials.

Now, Carmine’s Import Service has shared with Tesla North its video of the record Model S Plaid run, driven by Johan Schwartz. What’s impressive about the record run, which beat out last year’s winner, a 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S, is the fact the Model S Plaid was running on stock 21-inch Arachnid wheels with street Michelin 4S 300 treadwear tires, to go with factory suspension as well.

Check out the record run with in-car footage below, recorded on March 15, 2022:

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The Model S Plaid set a record EV lap time of 2:50.675. It had an Unplugged Performance Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit installed but stock wheels and tires, and was able to come within 3/10ths of a track-ready BMW M5 CS.

With a time of 2:50.6, the Model S Plaid now sits ahead of cars such as a 2012 Chevy Corvette ZR1, 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta and a 2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28. It is just within 3/10ths of a second behind a 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 and 2020 718 Cayman GT4 and 2022 BMW M5 CS.

Car and Driver has held its annual Lightning Lap at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) since 2006, testing out the newest cars to measure the best lap times around the 4.1-mile Grand Course circuit.