We reset the Buttonwillow CW13 Model 3 Lap Record (1:48.65) with Craig Coker behind the wheel during this brief 3-hot lap shakedown at Tesla Corsa

After its massive crash at the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb event, the Unplugged Performance Tesla Model 3 racecar, now dubbed “Bionic Phoenix,” rose from the ashes to complete the event. In the months and years that followed, the “Bionic Phoenix” was used as a testbed for our products, but also, a great platform to show the racing community what the true limits of the Model 3 are. In turn, in early April, the Model 3 “Bionic Phoenix”, with our factory driver Craig Coker behind the wheel, managed to reset the Buttonwillow CW13 Model 3 lap record (1:48.65) during a brief three hot lap shakedown at a TeslaCorsa event.

Even though the lap time record was reset, we are still in the early stages of development on the “Bionic Phoenix”. The progress of Bionic Phoenix shows potential, and the road map is far from complete. As you can see on the incredibly smooth lap video, we now have the aero and suspension components so dialed that the driver can be flat out on the accelerator for most of the lap due to the insane levels of grip and road holding now present in the current iteration of the build.

The “Bionic Phoenix” is continuing on its current mission of testing the absolute maximum performance possible with standard off-the-shelf Tesla Model 3 Performance battery pack, motors, and software. Also, despite the extensive carbon fiber bodywork, this car is closely comparable to a standard Model 3 Performance due to the Pikes Peak-spec roll cage remaining from the original incarnation of this car. Were we to start with a fresh build specifically for time-attack, we could shave off significant weight and improve lap times as a result. We still have more in store for this development car but its history is too special to us to start anew at this stage.

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For an even more compelling argument for our performance upgrades, Unplugged Performance tuned & upgraded Teslas hold several more lap records:

  • Fastest Tesla Model 3 (latest record – Phoenix) (1:48.65)
  • Fastest Tesla overall – Model S (Dark Helmet) (1:43.27)
  • Fastest Street – Tesla Model S
  • Fastest street – Model 3 (1:49.86)
  • Fastest street – Model Y (1:58.20)

The Unplugged Performance “Bionic Phoenix” sports proprietary aero parts on the outside. However, the suspension, brakes, wheels, and many racing and safety components are all from our standard street parts catalog; they can be fitted to any Tesla Model 3. Contact us to upgrade your Model 3, and we’ll gladly help you attack those lap time records at your local track. In the meantime, grab a detailed look at the record-breaking run by the “Bionic Phoenix” in the video right below.

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This is by far the best front fascia out there and its makes the Model 3 look so much better! It gives it a much sportier look and I get comments on it all the time. One of the simplest upgrades that makes a huge difference as far as the look of the car goes. Couldn't be happier with how it looks....
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Tight on turns and soft on bumps--the mild springs seemed like the best option for folks who want to keep the vehicle as close to stock as possible while simultaneously improving the vehicle ride quality.
I purchased a set of these Sway bars along with a few other upgrade components for my Model 3 (https://www.instagram.com/p/Cv8c-F2PEYP) The sway bars improve the ride quality, reduced body roll making the car more rigid and stable. Installation and setup was easy, being adjustable is an added bonus....
Excellent product from a great team with great customer service! The factory Model 3 Performance's suspension is rather underwhelming, so once you add this Sway Bar kit along with the Dual Rate Linear Springs and Luxury Suspension Kit it completely transforms the car! UP also stands by their...
Bought the shock and it works great. Definitely recommend for Model Y owners on limited budget.
I have a Tesla Model 3 LR but the rep at UP accidentally ordered the MY listing instead which is the same since both M3 and MY share most parts including struts. Purchased as the roads in DC just aren't very pleasant and combined with Tesla's stock struts, it's pretty horrendous. Delivery took...
These springs were the first real mod I’d ever done to my Tesla and I’m so happy with the way they turned out. They really complete the look on my model 3. And I was surprised to find you don’t sacrifice anything in terms of ride comfort by adding them. The only problem is that now that I’ve...
The pictures on the website does not do justice. the wheels look extremely beautiful. Kirk was extremely helpful, and coordination was amazing. My wheels are gloss black, not able to add a picture to the review if not would do it. I went with slightly bigger wheels 20x10.5 front and 20X11 back. ...
This Ascension-R Racing seat just arrived from Unplugged Performance (https://www.instagram.com/p/Cv8f-5cvDuE/) It looks absolutely well manufactured, high quality and lightweight making it a must have accessory on any Tesla going to the track! Looks stunning and well designed!!
Perfect companion product for the luxury suspension kit. An absolute must have for those who modify the springs of their vehicle.
These wheels are insanely light and strong! And, they look the bomb! If I didn’t look while picking them up, I would have thought they are carbon fiber! The same spec as was originally used on the Bionic Phoenix Model 3 race car! I put in my fastest time at Buttonwillow on these wheels...
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