The Tesla Model S is not a track car. Yet, when we watched it make its way around (the very awesome) Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the 2013 Refuel Sport Electric TT, we couldn't help but be impressed that the electric passenger sedan, penalized by more than 4,600 pounds of curb weight and rolling on street tires, could lap the course in just over a minute and 48 seconds.

Now, the automaker has released some footage from the event that gives you an idea what that looks like. It also drops a bit of track knowledge to help you appreciate some of the finer points of the circuit. We only regret that it wasn't us behind the wheel, but it was made quite clear that the company was there only for the benefit of certain lucky employees and its customers, not drooling (and silently weeping) journalists. Oh well, at least we have the video below that we can all watch together.



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      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.trackpedia.com/wiki/Mazda_Laguna_Seca#Typical_Lap_Times
        Rob Mahrt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        Nice, a little surprised the times were not a little better, the best time only hit an average time of a BMW 335i? And a 180 HP VW Golf? Am I missing something?
        Nate
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        You have to remember that they are mostly amateur drivers lapping the track. For perspective, several years back I drove a Roadster at a 1:55 lap time. That was my first time driving on a road course, and it was in a very expensive borrowed car, not exactly something I wanted to push the limits in.
          Rob Mahrt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nate
          Yes, makes sense. Would love to see the time of the same driver on the S and some other similar cars.
      ssdajoker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hell yeah tracking them Model S's! This is the best car in America right now.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      That must be the most unnaturally silent track/race day! I'm jealous.
      • 1 Year Ago
      How to get off gasoline is simple and most of the tech is already on your car. Its your alternator and it produces AC current. We can produce more energy than we put into it. Greater output with less input. Its A/C. Its all about the Amperage Amperage Amperage. Our future is RPM'S and Amperage. Fuel is no longer the primary ingredient for output. Heres how...... Trains use a drive motor for each wheel and the energy is supplied is AC. Replace your current transmission that creates all the torque on the motor with a Electric Motor . Energy for it comes from the alternator or alternators depending on the amount of current you need for the Electric Motor that should replace your transmission..... Belt driven motors.. using natural gas,, can drive these alternators. In these current forms we will get 100 mpg out of a one ton truck no matter the fuel. Its all about the ability to produce current for the motors that we already have that are being used on Trains. Yes these motors might have to be redesigned ...but the tech is there already....Say goodbye to gas. Say hello to driving like a slot-cars with speeds that are only harbored by the current being supplied. We have the Electric Motors now. The same technology is being used for homes...to get everyone Off the Power Grid. Nano bearing break through s has happened
      Chris M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting that Tesla had the 18 best times at that event, with both Model S and Roadsters in the mix. Then came the RAV4 EV and BMW Active E...