Revamped Tesla Model 3 “Bionic Phoenix” Breaks Lap Record at Buttonwillow Raceway

A heavily modified Tesla Model 3, known as the “Bionic Phoenix,” has set a new lap record at California’s Buttonwillow Raceway.

Unplugged Performance has consistently led the way in enhancing Tesla vehicles’ performance. The firm’s exceptional suspension systems and aerodynamic improvements enable owners to maximize their Tesla’s potential. Demonstrating this prowess, the “Bionic Phoenix” Model 3 project has broken the Model 3 lap record at Buttonwillow Raceway.

A video of the remarkable lap record was uploaded to YouTube recently, showcasing the impact of UP’s aerodynamic enhancements on the previously wrecked Tesla Model 3.

The heavily modified Model 3 completed the lap in an impressive 1:48.65, positioning it just outside the top 10 vehicles that have lapped the track and making it the fastest Tesla Model 3. The Bionic Phoenix is only 10 seconds behind the number one spot, currently occupied by a race-prepared Acura NSX. It joins UP’s four other Tesla records at Buttonwillow, including Fastest Race-Prepped Model S, Fastest Street Legal Model 3, Model S, and Model Y.

For those unfamiliar with the Bionic Phoenix project, the car has undergone a significant transformation. Initially a race-prepped Model 3, it was forced to retire after a major crash at the notorious Pikes Peak hill climb. The company then decided to rebuild the car, turning it into possibly the fastest Tesla Model 3 Performance in the world.

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In addition to striking aerodynamic upgrades, like a front splitter and massive rear wing, the Tesla Bionic Phoenix features a completely new suspension setup, a state-of-the-art carbon-ceramic brake system, and the removal of virtually all unnecessary components. Its metal exterior paneling has been replaced with lighter and stronger carbon fiber. However, the Pikes Peak-ready roll cage remains as a tribute to the project’s origins.

As noted in the video description by Unplugged Performance, “Bionic Phoenix is still in the early stages of development. The progress shows promise, and there’s more to come. As seen in the remarkably smooth lap video, the aero and suspension components are so well-tuned that the driver can maintain full throttle for most of the lap, thanks to the incredible grip and road holding present in the current build iteration.”