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Tesla Model 3 Performance Sets New Track Record At Buttonwillow

Unplugged Performance proves the Model 3 is a top-notch track car.

Tesla aftermarket maker and supplier Unplugged Performance (UP) recently announced on the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum that it broke lap time records at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in California. The record was set by a modified Tesla Model 3 during the track’s recent Tesla Corsa event, which was the 8th event of its kind at the California track.

According to the recent TMC vendor post:

“The XPO Sales x Unplugged Performance Tesla Model 3 ran a 1:54.6 on race rubber and a 1:57.9 on DOT legal street tires, records in both categories. This was a great improvement over our record nearly a year ago (March 2019) with Randy Pobst clocking a 1:58.5 on Kevin Becker’s daily driven Model 3 using UP bolt on upgrades and Cup 2s.”

It’s important to note that XPO Sales is an electric van conversion company that has partnered with Unplugged Performance to bring a racing car to market that utilizes UP’s “bolt-on” performance upgrades.

Unplugged has set a goal to promote electric vehicles by showing that cars like the Model 3 perform incredibly well, especially with the right aftermarket upgrades. In fact, the Model 3 Performance has proven itself as a top-notch track car even without modifications.

UP notes that esteemed driver Joshua Allen was able to pull off fantastic numbers in its modified Model 3 Performance. It also notes that “Team XPO” is not stopping here. Instead, it will work together with UP to add additional upgrades and push the envelope to the max.

We’ve included the spec list below:

Car spec list:


Tesla Model 3 Performance

Aerodynamics:

Front Lip Spoiler for Tesla Model 3 by Unplugged Performance

Suspension:

Coilover Suspension Kit For Tesla Model 3 by Unplugged Performance

Unplugged Performance Adjustable Front Upper Control Arms for Model 3

Adjustable Sway Bars for Tesla Model 3 for Tesla Model 3 – Unplugged Performance

Unplugged Performance Adjustable Front Upper Control Arms for Model 3

Coilover Suspension Kit For Tesla Model 3 by Unplugged Performance

Brakes:

Stainless Steel Sport Brake Line Set for Tesla Model 3

Unplugged Competition Brake Pads for Tesla Model 3 Performance

Brembo 6-Piston Monoblock Big Brake Kit for Tesla Model 3 – Unplugged Performance

Wheels:

Unplugged Performance UP-03 Super Light Wheels for Tesla Vehicles

Superlight Titanium Lug Nut Set for Tesla Vehicles

Tires: 305/30ZR19 Nitto NT01 (street legal) and Pirelli Slicks 18”

Interior:

Stripped out + Unplugged Performance 4 point Harness Bar

Source: Tesla Motors Club

This article originally appeared on Inside EVs.

dfwatt

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What's not specified is which Buttonwillow configuration this time was set on. If it's the most popular one configuration 13 those are incredible times.
 

MasterC17

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Which issues? I have one of the early lips and don't have any problems

I have an early one and a newer one. The newer one is definitely improved but I didn't feel like the old one fit poorly, it just took a bit more to get it right.
 

Orwell

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There is about 10mm of material missing from both sides making it look poorly designed or manufactured.

It does not cover the full width of the original bumper around the sides.

This is not just on my particular copy. You can see this on many pictures people post online.

There was no way to install it any differently to get it to fully cover the sides.
 

kbecks13

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There is about 10mm of material missing from both sides making it look poorly designed or manufactured.

Ahhhh gotcha, i have a dark car so i guess i haven't seen that. You can see the difference in those photos tho? you have good eyes!
 

kurgen99

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I am interested in the Unplugged Performance's front and rear spoilers. This lap record would seem to suggest that the front lip spoiler has some actual utility. HOWEVER, neither this car, nor any of the other UP M3Ps that have been tearing around tracks look like they have either the "high efficiency" or "high down force" rear spoilers? Why not? Either they don't live up to the claims or they don't actually exist yet?? It's not on the spec list for the trim in that video.
 

MasterC17

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I am interested in the Unplugged Performance's front and rear spoilers. This lap record would seem to suggest that the front lip spoiler has some actual utility. HOWEVER, neither this car, nor any of the other UP M3Ps that have been tearing around tracks look like they have either the "high efficiency" or "high down force" rear spoilers? Why not? Either they don't live up to the claims or they don't actually exist yet?? It's not on the spec list for the trim in that video.

I have a high efficiency one on my wife's car and should have the high downforce one on my car later this month. The spoiler is superb. Fitment is much better than the stock performance one. I'm happy with it.
 

kurgen99

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I have a high efficiency one on my wife's car and should have the high downforce one on my car later this month. The spoiler is superb. Fitment is much better than the stock performance one. I'm happy with it.

Is that the front lip spoiler in your picture? Car looks sick! I like the red Brembos with the black.