Just rewatched the episode. The Model 3 that went around the track was a LR AWD version, not a Performance.
Tesla Model 3 Performance lap time at Top Gear Track
|Track||Top Gear Track|
|Vehicle||Tesla Model 3 Performance|
|Power / weight||487 ps / 1848 kg|
|Average speed||125 kph (77 mph)|
|Submitted||4 years ago by FastestLaps|
|Source||BBC Top Gear tv show (United Kingdom)|
Reference: BBC Top Gear - Season 27 - Episode 2
Spencer P 8m ago
Tesla 3y ago
Different battery cells and track mode avoid overheating. So not comparable to any other Tesla.
SpeedKing 4y ago
Good for about 4 laps before the batteries get too hot and power is reduced. I'd be surprised if it lasted a lap around the Nordschleife on full power.
Grimes 4y ago
Then please be suprised.
SpeedKing 4y ago @Grimes
Not according to Road and Track who tested the Model 3 at Lime Rock Park.
Nobody 3y ago
It wont last, the other Teslas all overheat before the end.
NotaLuddite 2y ago @Nobody
Don't be such a hater - electric is the future!
Cocobe 8m ago @Nobody
The Model 3 performance has shown much less fade than the model S.
A Nissan GTR or Aventador won't last 3 laps of Laguna Seca on full chat before the brakes and tires give up, so it's not fair to say this is the biggest problem with all electric cars.