The Unplugged Performance Tesla Model S Plaid ran a lap around the 2.238-mile (3.602 km) track in just 1:28.21, in setting a new record for all-electric vehicles
Sunday, August 1st, 2021, the Unplugged Performance Model S Plaid attended the TeslaCorsa 16, a Tesla-only track event held at the Laguna Seca Raceway. TeslaCorsa is an event organized to allow Tesla owners interested in pushing both their vehicles and themselves on a closed circuit in a fully monitored environment. This weekend’s TeslaCorsa event was completely sold out. A great testament to the exponential growth of the Tesla racing community. In turn, the event saw several attendees pushing their vehicles to personal best lap times, but also, it was the setting in which the Unplugged Performance Tesla Model S Plaid race car broke the track lap time record for EVs (electric vehicles) with Randy Pobst behind the wheel.
During the Model S Plaid’s run, the all-electric sedan ran a lap around the 2.238-mile (3.602 km) track in just 1:28.21 with official timing, in setting a new record for all-electric vehicles. The vehicle was driven by our factory racing driver and Laguna Seca legend, Randy Pobst. This record-breaking run marks yet another accomplishment in Rand’s storied racing career, coming off a class-winning run at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Simply put, if there is a record that needs breaking, Randy is the man for the, no doubt about it. Working in a record attempt with a lot of other cars on track and only two shots at it was far from ideal conditions but we made it work and that speaks to the potential of Tesla’s alien technology!
The Model S Plaid run by Randy Pobst came really close to the time he did in a McLaren Senna, which holds an all-time lap record for a production car at Laguna Seca. The Senna completed a lap in 1:27.62, just over half a second quicker than the Unplugged Performance Model S Plaid racecar. In addition, the Model S Plaid record lap time is also significantly faster than its closest all-electric vehicle rival: the Lucid’s tri-motor Air prototype. It ran a lap in 1:31.3, putting the record-breaking run by Randy Pobst into perspective.
We have only had our Plaid for a short time and we are still in the early stages of R&D. We are confident that we can go much faster!
You can take a look at the record-breaking run by Randy Pobst in the video below.