The mighty Tesla Model 3 Performance was set loose at the Nurburgring where it proved that it’s not only quick on a straight line acceleration, but on the track too
The high-performance electric sedan went for a fast lap on the infamous German circuit, taking over car after car until the brakes overheated and forced the driver to go easier on the throttle.
Nonetheless, it resulted in a very exciting video, which was shot from the cockpit. According to the description, the car didn’t use Tesla’s Track Mode.
With its dual-motor and all-wheel drive setup, the Model 3 Performance has a total output of 450 horsepower (456 PS / 336 kW) and 471 pound-feet (639 Nm) of torque. It needs 3.2 seconds to go from naught to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) and comes with a 162mph (261 km/h) top speed. When the person holding the wheel doesn’t abuse the throttle, it can travel for 264 miles (425 km) before running out of juice.
The Model 3 Performance currently holds the record for production electric vehicles at Laguna Seca, after it ran the course in 1 minute and 41.28 seconds. That specific car that had a suspension upgrade, was around 7 seconds faster than the Jaguar I-Pace and about 2 seconds quicker than the Model S P100D, which was driven by Tesla’s development team. You can check out that quick lap here, but not before watching the following video.