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Tesla's Model S Plaid has broken yet another record, this time around Laguna Seca

First the quarter-mile, now Laguna Seca. It is clear Tesla is chases some serious goals.

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Earlier on, it was reported that Tesla's Model S Plaid had broken the world record for the fastest quarter-mile time, setting a mind-boggling time of 9.23 seconds. However, now the car has been spotted at Laguna Seca Raceway chasing yet another record.

A video shared on Twitter by The Kilowatts shows a Model S Plaid prototype racing around Laguna Seca and has set an unconfirmed time of 1:30:000. This is a staggering time and if Tesa continues to do it faster, it could be a production car lap record.

As you can see from the video, this Model S appears to be wearing a few aero modifictions including a rear wing for added downforce. We don't know how much quicker it will be able to go, but achieving 1:30:XXX at this track is seriously impressive in a car which weighs over two tonnes.

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Comments (36)

  • Cool, how many laps did it do on a full charge? Where’s the nearest supercharger. I think we should enter EV’s into the 24 hour Le Mans and see how many finish…… that’s right, all will be last since they spent more time charging than driving!

    We are glorifying the thing that EV’s can do well (acceleration due to high HP and torque from standstill). We need to take into account the ICE cars positives to make this a bit more balanced.

    I can imagine a Lotus Evija will smash that record!! Imagine that, a hyper massive horsepower car getting a faster lap time!!🤣🤣

      28 days ago
    • Swappable battery packs exist, as we've seen with cars such as the NIO EP9. If the electric cars were to be entered in Le Mans then they'd probably use that same concept, but the batteries would be able to be swapped out muucchhh more quickly...

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        28 days ago
    • if that were plausible you'd have thought formula E would have gone that way...

        28 days ago
  • the facebook post is misleading: "The Laguna Seca lap record has been broken by a Tesla".. wrong... the official lap record is 1:07.722, set by Helio Castoneves on March 16, 2000. What you mean to say, is the lap record for an electric vehicle has unofficially been broken by a Tesla...

      28 days ago
    • True. I think one of the last street legal cars that beat it was the mclaren senna with a time of 1:27 or something.

        28 days ago
  • When is it going to the 'ring?

      28 days ago
    • Good question. Wondering that myself

        28 days ago
    • Will definitely struggle. It might only get 2-3 laps on a full charge!!

        27 days ago
  • Unconfirmed? Elon be paying them to get a fake time?

      28 days ago
    • You think he would actually do that

        28 days ago
    • Well then it would be. They just didn't start an officially timed lap. Maybe some spectstors or Tesla themselves claimes that time. But we'll see by the end of the year suposedly, how fast it is.

        28 days ago
  • Let us be cruelly clear here. This is not some spectacularly exotically suspended, racecar shod, Brembo braked, and tuned by Ferrari supercar. This has well made, but pretty basic underpinnings. Its main features are very powerful electric motors and a big FO battery... and that's about it. It's following a long tradition in American motoring history of shoving the biggest darn motor into the car you can, and then beating everyone else because they concentrated on polishing the wheel nuts. So, it can do amazing stuff. It can blow old fashioned cars into the weeds. Well, I should bloody hope so too! It's the latest technology. It's what's taking over from where old tech cars have left off, and that's precisely what you'd expect the best of the newest to be able to do. Unfortunately for all the makers of very exotic and expensive traditional cars, this modern car costs no more than any other mid-range, luxury sedan/saloon, and can be bought 'off the shelf' when it's available towards the end of the year. What's more worrying is that the 'Roadster' that is also coming out around the same time or early next year, will make this thing seem rather slow and pedestrian... oh, and it'll still be reasonably affordable for a successful businessman to consider buying BEFORE he sells up and is too old to fully enjoy the thing. Times move on, ever more surprisingly.

      28 days ago
    • How do I know that the old tech can't improve to be competitive

        28 days ago
    • Eddie, I share your enthusiasm for electric cars and their relative affordability. It’s a stretch to say the Plaid is as affordable as any mid range saloon though. Despite the amazing times there’s still so many unknowns here. The time is...

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        27 days ago
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