The announcement was made by the driver himself in June (tweet attached below) but at that time Unplugged Performance says it didn’t even have the car in its possession. A month passed since, and in the meantime the group has both the car and the upgrades made to it for some serious racing.
This week, the group posted a video of a modified Model 3 racing on the Buttonwillow Raceway in California. It’s a close-to-two minutes clip showing the run that allegedly made this particular Model 3 “the world’s fastest time attack Tesla,” and the “fastest Tesla ever recorded.”
The EV managed a time of 1:53.27, making it faster than a Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991) and just a tad slower than the McLaren 675LT on the same circuit. The run was conducted on street tires, and the record run has been akcnowledged by specialized website Fastest Laps.
As you already guessed, this Model 3 is no ordinary Tesla, as it received the full scope of Unplugged modifications. That's $35,000 worth of changes wrapped in a package called Ascension-R. It includes new coilovers, sway bars, brakes, bucket seats, and harness, among others.
It’s not clear yet what modifications will be made to the car that will take on Pikes Peak. This year’s edition is (still) scheduled for August 30.
Legendary driver, Tesla Track Mode advisor, and frequent UP collaborator Randy Pobst has an announcement today! Unplugged Performance Tesla Model 3 car #42 will be racing at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year. You can already guess our driver... pic.twitter.com/RYQ5EKdS4c— UNPLUGGED PERFORMANCE (@UnpluggedTesla) July 16, 2020