Stop your sniggering, this is serious business. Yes, this Tesla Model S Plaid from Unplugged Performance is indeed called the ‘Dark Helmet’, but that is not the point. The Dark Helmet is faster around the Laguna Seca track than a Porsche 911 GT2 RS and only 0.6 seconds slower than a McLaren Senna. Those are serious achievements.
Compare a modified car with a production model?
Come on, you have a point there. It’s not entirely fair to compare the two, but on the other hand, the GT2 RS MR also took the production record at the Nürburgring. In addition, the drivetrain of this Plaid is still standard. The Unplugged Performance tweaks helped the 1,020-horsepower Tesla Model S to speed through corners.
Randy Pobst set a time of 1 minute and 28.2 seconds. Unplugged also claims to have set the lap record for an electric production car. The Unplugged Tesla Model S received additional aerodynamics, including a rear spoiler and a splitter. The dampers come from Bilstein and the wishbones and stabilizers have been adjusted. The rims and tires have also been changed for sportier stuff.
Specifications Unplugged Tesla Model S
The interior is gone from the Model S, but has been replaced by a roll cage. The weight (including driver) has remained approximately the same at 2,199 kilos. In any case, the difference will not be big enough to substantially influence the 0-100 time of 2.1 seconds, we think. The top speed is around 320 km/h. There are no onboard images of the quick lap yet, but they are likely to follow soon.
Who will hijack the record?
Production of the Lucid Air will also begin soon. This Tesla competitor produces 1,080 horsepower and managed to set a time of 1 minute and 31 seconds on Laguna Seca in the development phase. With some adjustments, this could be a formidable opponent of the Model S on the track. Lucid is also from California (where Laguna Seca is located), so it will probably be a record they’re eager to get their hands on.