The modified Tesla Model S Plaid by Unplugged Performance has achieved another milestone, a new lap record for an electric vehicle on the Laguna Seca Raceway. The Unplugged Model S Plaid completed the lap in 1:28.213, a new record for an EV.
When Tesla created the first prototypes of the Tri-Motor Model S Plaid back in 2019, the Silicon Valley-based automaker took one of them to the Laguna Seca Raceway. At the time this early prototype of the Plaid Model S completed the lap in 1:36.555.
Comparing it to the latest record of Randy Pobst with the Unplugged Performance Plaid Model S, the lap time improvement seems paramount with an entire 8 seconds shoved off the race circuit completion time.
The closest another driver came to the Unplugged Model S Plaid in this race was able to complete the lap in 1:35.670 — more than a 7 seconds difference, amazing.
Overall improvements including newly designed motors with the carbon-fiber-wrapped rotors, addition of the heat pump, and the radiator has taken the performance of the Plaid Model S on par with the ICE hypercars.
Because of the newly gained abilities of performance repeatability and enhanced endurance to heat and cold, the same Unplugged Model S Plaid was able to conquer the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last month.
Let’s watch Randy Pobst’s legendary driving skills combined with the Unplugged Performance Model S Plaid handle the Laguna Seca Corkscrew and Andretti Hairpin turns like a boss (see circuit diagram above for reference).