Watch A Tesla Model 3 Owner Complete A Track Day At Laguna Seca

Tesla Model 3

Tesla’s electric cars may be blisteringly quick in a straight line, but theY aren’t exactly made for the track. That, however, didn’t stop Tesla Model 3 owner Matt Crowley (via Reddit) from taking his EV to Laguna Seca Raceway and putting in some quick laps.

So far, we haven’t seen privateers taking their Model 3 on the track, which makes Crowley’s experience the first of its kind. As he explained on Tesla Motors Club forum, the original plan was to take his Porsche Cayman GT4 to the track, but things changed after a check engine light came on.

Instead, Crowley took his Model 3, which has a range of 310 miles, Pirelli PZero Nero GT tires and a lowering kit that brings the sedan’s ride height down by 1.5 inches.

Surprisingly, the Model 3 managed to complete nine laps without running out of juice. In fact, Crowley, claims that he started the session with 229 miles of range and ended the nine-lap stint with 94 miles of power left.

Laguna Seca is a 2.2-mile course, so after nine laps, the vehicle would’ve traveled just under 20 miles. Over that distance, the Model 3 managed to lose 135 miles of range. That’s actually not too bad. I was expecting to hear that the Model 3 entered reduced power mode after a few laps.

The thing that did hold the Model 3 back from setting fast lap times and for going longer, though, were its brakes. After the fourth lap, the Model 3 reportedly cooked its brakes. Crowley put a few pictures of the vehicle up on the forum, and the brakes do look toasted. The Model 3 also left a thick trail of brake dust after the nine-lap stint.

The best lap the Model 3 managed to put down was a 1:57.50, though Crowley wasn’t pushing the car to its limits. According to Fastest Laps, that lap time is only a few seconds off of the 1:54.74 Steve Millen managed to lay down in an old Acura NSX.


  • UGH! Another Tesla Story

    • Christian

      Its funny, like your name fit this article. 🙂 Thought I would point that out.


        • Moveon Libtards

          Actually, the guy posts on here a lot. Maybe because like most of us we are tired of the Tesla fanboys who try too much to promote the brand. A failing brand st that…

      • Moveon Libtards

        Oh, no, this globalist scumbag freak again.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Ummmm, is 9 laps really a ‘surprisingly’ impressive fete for this car?

  • Christian

    THAT’S MY NIBBAS! That is Area 51

    “X-files Them in the background”

  • Honda NSX-R

    When the track car breaks down, but you decide to bring the daily instead

  • TheBelltower

    Looks like the 3 needs some performance brakes.


    That’s nice. Next!

  • Moveon Libtards

    Tesla fanboy story of the day alert!

  • Moveon Libtards

    One of only 10, handbuilt, poor fit and finish cars that might explode built by Tesla in the time they said they would sell hundreds of thousands.

    Congratulations! /sarc

  • geo241

    For Tesla S and X owners, the performance of the Model 3 here is absolutely AMAZING. What was NOT emphasized is that even the P100D with Ludicrous versions of the bigger Tesla vehicles “reduce power” after about 3 minutes of FULL ON driving to protect the battery system. Apparently there is NEW TECHNOLOGY in the Model 3 that allows FULL POWER driving for a serious longer time as there was no power reduction seen in the 9 laps this owner recorded!!! That is a breakthrough change in making a true “electric performance car” for more than the “drag strip” or stoplight tango.

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