But it wasn't stock...
The Tesla Model S Plaid is a ridiculously quick electric car that makes a McLaren 765LT look slow in a straight line, but as we recently learned at Pikes Peak, a few modifications make it insanely fast around corners too. Unplugged Performance is the tuning company behind the Pikes Peak monster, and it has the backing of the Tesla mothership too. With Randy Pobst at the helm of the tuned Tesla, it's no wonder it managed such impressive results at the recent hill climb. But it's excellent on a traditional circuit too. Just yesterday, Unplugged Performance announced that its Model S Plaid has set a new record at Laguna Seca.
As the above post shows, Pobst piloted the EV to a time of 1:28.2 at a recent Tesla track day called TeslaCorsa 16. This is a new record for EVs at Laguna Seca, but the really impressive part is that the fastest production car around the track is a McLaren Senna with a time of 1:27.6 while the second-fastest is a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which managed a time of 1:28.3. All three times were set by Pobst, so the argument of driver's of different abilities goes out the window. However, it's not exactly a true representation of the Plaid in production form, as this Tesla is mostly gutted and has special tires, suspension, and aero. Despite this, the fact remains that the car still weighs an insane 4,850 pounds with the driver (according to UP).
To more clearly see how these supercars compare, let's look at power-to-weight. The Senna has a power-to-weight ratio of 658 horsepower per ton, while the GT2 RS has 470 hp/ton. By contrast, the Model S Plaid in this spec has a ratio of 455hp/ton, so its considerably higher output is not the only reason that the car is quicker around the track.
Of course, these figures mean nothing in the real world where most Plaids will remain in full street trim, but it just goes to show that EVs have their performance advantages. Who could ever have imagined that an electric family sedan could be capable of outpacing Porsche's most track-focused 911? Bravo, Tesla and Unplugged Performance - this is an astonishing achievement.