Unplugged Performance Gives The Tesla Model 3 Sup
Starting with a Model 3 Performance, Unplugged tore out the suspension and replaced it with an adjustable setup that includes thicker sway bars. It also added fade-free carbon ceramic brakes and tacked on a set of sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires more commonly found on octane-slurping machines like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The company then installed a full body kit that includes a reshaped front bumper, side skirts, an air diffuser built into the rear bumper, and a mammoth wing on the hatch. It 8217;s not just there for looks; it keeps the car glued to the road.
8220;For us, these were all products we make and frequently install, so there was nothing difficult about the build, 8221; Unplugged President Ben Schaffer told Digital Trends. The list of modifications is long, but the Model 3 remains daily-drivable thanks in part to the adjustable suspension. Its Autopilot software also still works as intended. The idea wasn 8217;t to transform it into a Fast & Furious-esque, track-only sedan that needs to be towed to and from the track.
Unplugged 8217;s Model 3 lapped the Tsukuba racetrack in Japan in 1:04.07. The McLaren F1, a car once revered and later crashed by Elon Musk, set a time of 1:04.06.
The Model 3 8217;s lap time is impressive, and the fact that a quicker time is possible is encouraging, but the comparison I 8217;m making isn 8217;t exactly apples-to-apples. McLaren released the F1 in 1992, and the 997-based GT3 made its debut in 2006. Modern versions of either car would likely leave the Model 3 in the dust, because neither automaker has ever stopped cranking up the performance dial. That 8217;s not the point, though. I 8217;ve heard many people argue Tesla builds seriously quick cars that can 8217;t take a corner to save their lives, and Unplugged just proved them wrong.
While there was nothing terrifically difficult about the build, setting a supercar-like time at Tsukuba was easier said than done. Daerik explained the Model 3 needed its battery topped up after a few practice laps, but the track 8217;s charger was broken. With no alternative and an open track day to prepare for, the team put the sedan on a flatbed and drove it to a charging station a couple of miles away, where it sipped electricity via a CHAdeMO adapter.
The moral of the story? If you 8217;re chasing supercars in a Tesla, tune the chassis, not the powertrain. And plan ahead.标签：