Tesla Model 3 Performance lap time at Top Gear Track

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2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance completed a standing lap of Top Gear Track in 1 minute and 21.5 seconds.

Track Top Gear Track
Type standing start
Vehicle Tesla Model 3 Performance
Power / weight 487 ps / 1848 kg
Driver The Stig
Time 1:21.500
Average speed 125 kph (77 mph)
Submitted 4 years ago by FastestLaps
Source BBC Top Gear tv show (United Kingdom)
Views 2.3k

Reference:   Image of source BBC Top Gear - Season 27 - Episode 2

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Spencer P  1y ago

Just rewatched the episode. The Model 3 that went around the track was a LR AWD version, not a Performance.


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M3P  3m ago

in that episode at 33:20 it shows the badge "Dual Motor" with the red underline also the larger red callipers front and rear are visible during a number of shots. both of which are exclusive to the performance variant. Of note however this was shot some time before June 2019. Some time during 2019 there was a software update for Model 3's giving around 5% more power, no indication if this tested version had the update and track mode was not available until 2020. both of which may have improved the lap time.

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Tesla  3y ago

Different battery cells and track mode avoid overheating. So not comparable to any other Tesla.

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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.


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Grimes  4y ago

Then please be suprised.

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SpeedKing  4y ago @Grimes

Not according to Road and Track who tested the Model 3 at Lime Rock Park.

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Nobody  3y ago

It wont last, the other Teslas all overheat before the end.

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NotaLuddite  2y ago @Nobody

Don't be such a hater - electric is the future!

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Cocobe  1y 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.