Unplugged Performance’s “Dark Helmet” Tesla Model S-APEX Plaid Sets New Lap Record at Big Willow Track: 1:20.03

As the global leader in Tesla performance tuning, Unplugged Performance continues to push the boundaries of EV performance as “Dark Helmet,” their Tesla Model S-APEX race car driven by UP factory driver Craig Coker, shatters the lap record for the fastest electric vehicle (EV) at the legendary Big Willow track. Dark Helmet achieved an astonishing lap time of 1:20.03, solidifying its position as a force to be reckoned with.

Unplugged Performance has established itself as the unrivaled industry leader, setting new benchmarks in EV performance. Their Tesla Model 3 “Bionic Phoenix” made history at Buttonwillow, while Dark Helmet has secured lap records at renowned tracks such as Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Willow Springs Streets of Willow, Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, and Auto Club Speedway. Victories in multiple time attack events and appearances at the prestigious Pikes Peak International Hill Climb further exemplify Unplugged Performance’s commitment to excellence and innovation.

Unplugged Performance "Dark Helmet" Tesla Model S-APEX Plaid Lap Record at Big Willow

Dark Helmet’s exceptional capabilities were showcased at Big Willow, as its high downforce aerodynamics “broke wind” while roaring through its high-speed corners and down the front straight of the “fastest road in the west” with precision and finesse. Equipped with cutting-edge modifications and benefiting from Unplugged Performance’s relentless pursuit of excellence, Dark Helmet set a new EV lap record while demonstrating the remarkable power of Unplugged Performance’s Superlight Carbon Ceramic Big Brake kit (BBK) as it consistently brought the 5000 lb race car to cornering speed after reaching speeds of 160+ mph. This achievement perfectly embodies the spirit of Big Willow as the ultimate proving ground for speed, performance, and technical prowess.

Unplugged Performance’s dedication to performance applies beyond the race track. Many of the performance parts featured on Dark Helmet, including suspension, wheels, and brake upgrades, are available for purchase at our shop, allowing Tesla enthusiasts to experience the same level of performance and precision that Dark Helmet exemplifies.

Unplugged Performance "Dark Helmet" Tesla Model S-APEX Plaid Lap Record at Big Willow

Dark Helmet will be showcased to the public at the Electrify Expo in Long Beach from May 19th to May 21st, 2023. Visit the Yokohama Tire booth to witness the awe-inspiring performance of Dark Helmet and explore the latest advancements in EV technology in partnership with Yokohama, a world leader in racing tire technology.

Unplugged Performance’s collaboration with Yokohama Tires further demonstrates their commitment to performance and safety as they continue to redefine the possibilities of EV performance.

For a more detailed look at the track record-breaking run please press play on the video below.

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