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Tesla Model 3 Transformed Into Hardcore Track Racer

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Behold the most track-focused Tesla Model 3 yet.

Spy shots taken from the Nurburgring have shown Tesla is preparing a hardcore version of the Model S with an upcoming Plaid variant that will incorporate a three-motor powertrain. Elon Musk has already confirmed that Plaid versions of the Model 3 and Model X are also in the pipeline. If you can't wait until they arrive, an aftermarket tuner has unveiled a new track-focused version of the Tesla Model 3.

Unveiled at the SEMA show in Las Vegas by aftermarket tuner Unplugged Performance, the hardcore Model 3 is called the 'Tesla Model 3 Ascension R.' Unplugged Performance specializes in Tesla tuning and aftermarket accessories, and now the company's experience has resulted in this hardcore conversion project.

Unplugged Performance
Unplugged Performance

Based on the Model 3 Performance, the Ascension R features a custom race valved adjustable coilover suspension kit to improve the handling, along with billet adjustable front upper control arms, billet adjustable rear camber and toe arms and a beefier three-way adjustable front/rear sway bar set with uprated bushings.

Massive six-piston, 15.5-inch uprated brakes and competition brake pads provide additional stopping power, and the electric sedan rides on 20-inch forged wheels wrapped in Michelin Cup 2 tires. The wheels are custom machined out of 6061-T6 billet APP forgings - the same forgings used by Koenigsegg and Lamborghini. A carbon fiber body kit also adds a new front and rear bumper, side skirts, and a massive rear wing. Inside, there are racing bucket seats and a racing harness.

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Unplugged Performance
Unplugged Performance

Unplugged Performance hasn't revealed any powertrain upgrades, however. As standard, the Tesla Model 3 Performance is powered by a dual electric motor setup that produces 450 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, enabling the electric sedan to hit 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 162 mph.

Each Ascension R conversion starts at $35,000 excluding the cost of the base car and takes four-eight weeks to build depending on the specification. Unplugged Performance sources new vehicles from Tesla for each build but also accepts existing donor cars for the conversion.

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Unplugged Performance
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