Tesla Model 3 Performance Becomes Fastest Production EV Around Laguna Seca

With the widespread use of electric vehicles in California in recent years, the production EV record at the Laguna Seca race track has become something of a performance benchmark.

Record attempts take place on a regular basis there and one of the more recent ones proved to be very successful. Cameron Rogers claimed the production electric vehicle record at the track with his Tesla Model 3 Performance. He set a remarkable lap time of 1 minute and 41.28 seconds that put the Model 3 on the top of the list in the production EV category.

In all fairness, his car isn’t entirely stock. While the Model 3 Performance is, in fact, a production vehicle, this example featured a suspension upgrade from Mountain Pass Performance. That’s obviously a great thing to have when attempting to set a lap record on a technical road course like Laguna Seca, but it doesn’t make the performance any less impressive.

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

Rogers even beat some track-tuned BMW M3s the day he claimed the record. “It was faster than a number of track-prepared BMW M3’s, some of which came on a trailer and aren’t street vehicles. Our Model 3 is 100% street-comfortable, and of course passes smog,” he told Electrek.

For reference, the outright Laguna Seca EV lap record is 1:39.3, but it was set by a Lucid Air prototype with roll cage and race tires and cannot be considered a production vehicle. Next comes Cameron’s 1:41.28 time, and then a bunch of other electric vehicles. The list includes a Model S P100D driven by a Tesla’s development team (1:43.0), and a Jaguar I-Pace driven by Randy Pobst (1:48.1).

Now that we’ve set the mood, take a look at Cameron Rogers’ full onboard record lap. It sure looks fast but also eerie, given the lack of an accompanying combustion engine soundtrack so deeply embedded in our petrolhead genes.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    The interior looks very bad. Also, is he braking with the right foot? Really?

    • alexxx

      Which interior?!
      Just a tablet

  • Bash
  • Arthur Burnside

    This is hilarious – like Tesla fast disappearing advantage in DC fast charging,
    Tesla should bask in the glory of their car’s performance before the competition arrives, and when it does, in the form of performance versions of the I Pace and Porsche Taycan, Tesla will be an also ran – the I Pace reportedly will out-accelerate Tesla’s upcoming sports car (0 to 60 in 1.7 seconds) and the Porsche will both out-accelerate and easily outperform any Tesla on any track.

    • WHY THE HATE? DO YOU THINK THERE WOULD BE AN I PACE OR TAYCAN IF TESLA HADN’T LIT A FIRE UNDER THE CAR INDUSTRIES ASSES?
      REALLY, PLEASE EXPLAIN THE HATE.

      • Callanish

        Probably someone that lost money betting on Tesla’s demise, and feels the need to inject negativity into every article that has something to do with Tesla.

        Hey Arthur, those cars, that DC fast charging advantage, it’s all marketing and pre-production hype. Till it’s factual and out there in the real world for Joe Q public to buy and test, everything you said and all those fantasy predictions you’re throwing around means absolutely nothing.

  • DMax

    Inb4 Tesla hate… oh shit too late.

  • “given the lack of an accompanying combustion engine soundtrack so deeply embedded in our petrolhead genes”
    I IMAGINE THERE WAS A TIME WHEN “MANUREHEADS” FELT THAT UNLESS THEIR “RIDE” HAD A HEARTBEAT AND LEFT BEHIND DROPPINGS IT WASN’T WORTHY.

  • Maisch

    I was suspecting that, It looked way to sticky for std tyres. So not std at all since tyres is one of the most important factors of track performance on any car. Its a great lap, but not by any means std.

Cadillac’s Electric Crossover Is Three Years Away, But Could Have A Range Of Nearly 400 Miles

In typical fashion, Cadillac will best late to an increasingly important segment.

This 2002 BMW 330i E46 Was Only Driven 560 Miles Per Year!

This 17 year old car looks virtually brand new and it can be yours for $17,500.

Russian Driver Really Didn’t Want His Kia To Get Towed

This took place in Moscow and only the Kia was hurt in the process.

All-New Lincoln Crossover Teased, Is One Of 20+ Models Coming In Next Two Years

Ford is also gearing up to launch the Bronco, Baby Bronco and Mustang-inspired electric crossover.

Zotye SR9 Chinese Macan Clone Gets A Facelift, Looks Less Porsche-y

The Chinese Macan knock-off now comes with a redesigned front fascia plus a new, 177 HP 1.8 turbo four.

Toyota Supra Chief Engineer Says It Can Lap The Nurburgring In 7:40

Tetsuya Tada thinks the all-new Supra can easily drop below 8 minutes if they remove the speed limiter.

Focus RS-Powered Ford Transit Is Our Kind Of Van

The afterhours project is joined by newer Transit Connect, with the Mk3 Focus ST’s running gear .

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Sheds Skin As Unveiling Date Approaches

Porsche’s first-ever Cayenne Coupe has the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Audi Q8 in its sight.

Ford Could Build A Manual 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, If Enough Of You Ask For It

Ford’s chief engineer admitted that, if there’s enough interest, they’ll consider it.

Geely’s First Coupe SUV Looks Suspiciously Familiar, Doesn’t It?

It’s the first Geely production model based on the CMA platform shared with the Volvo XC40.