Tesla Model S Roadster Break ElectricCar Lap Record At Laguna Seca

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Tesla Model S, Roadster Electric-Car Lap Record At Laguna

In just a few years, the Re:Fuel event has become legendary those who like their cars really, really

Two years ago, Joe Nuxoll set a new lap for electric cars there driving a completely standard Roadster.

At this year’s held at California’s Laguna Racetrack on June 30, he was able to that record.

But so was another

While Tesla didn’t take part in Re:Fuel in 2011, Nuxoll was one of several employees (he had a role in the Model S interface design) at the event.

He was able to nail the lap record due not to the Roadster’s remarkable speed, but to considerable prior experience at the

Nuxoll is not only a talented and and race driver, but he instructs drivers on how to negotiate high-performance at Laguna Seca and other

Nuxoll’s YouTube page is with videos of his driving, of it in his personal track car, a Lotus Exige S.

2012: bummer’

While he’s no with Tesla, Nuxoll’s been eager to get back to Seca to see if he could improve on his performance.

Last year at he ran his Elise in the Lotus Cup event and gave rides around the

Being there was both and a bummer, he told us, because he could see Model S cars the Roadsters they competed

But, significantly, last no Tesla of any kind managed to his 2011 lap record.

In his spare Nuxoll is a racing instructor, one report on that race. and one what the results would been had he driven a Tesla of any in this year’s race.

Model S Performance Plus at event, Laguna Seca, 2013 [Dominick Yoney/AOL]

borrow, steal

This Nuxoll got a chance to find

He begged, borrowed, and stole a from his friend Carl to try to improve on his own record.

His track time was limited to one lap and one timed lap, totaling 3 you can see in the video above.

Meanwhile, Motors brought a stock S Performance Plus car, by employee Aaron Bailey—who has his own 15 of racing experience.

Both beat record

And then the began.

While Bailey Nuxoll’s lap time by 0.018 both electric cars the 2011 lap record by about 2

And, Nuxoll notes, he was impeded by a BMW ActiveE on Turn 10 to 2:20 in the video).

Why do we think perhaps another might be in the offing at next Re:Fuel event?

15 years karts, cars

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Tesla’s Bailey was traveling in Europe, but we able to ask him a few brief questions via

Aaron Bailey and Sean of Tesla Motors, at Re:Fuel Laguna Seca racetrack, 2013

GCR . What is your in racing/competition?

Bailey . I’ve racing karts since I was 11, and since I was 16, for a total of 15 years Currently I race nationally in cars.


GCR . How many laps and timed) did you take?

Bailey . I had about 3 or 4 practice in the morning, but have driven at Seca a lot in the past.

GCR: Was the car a Model S 85-kWh Performance version, or was it modified?

Bailey . It was a production Tesla Model S Performance Plus.

GCR . What led you to in the Refuel event officially?

. It’s good to see how the cars on the track—and it always allows for bragging rights back at the

For a more complete report on the event, see the coverage and photo at AutoblogGreen. (Nuxoll’s car is the orange # 2.)

DISCLOSURE: Nuxoll worked as a for High Gear Media joining Tesla in 2011.

Our to AutoblogGreen for use of the Tesla Model S .

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