#FastFriday: Is EV power the key to building the Ultimate Track Car?

By Colin Wood
Jun 14, 2024 | UTCC, Tesla, #FastFriday, Ultimate Track Car Challenge, Tire Rack

Sure, the now infamous Tesla Model S Plaid makes a thrilling ride for the street, but can it take the heat–literally and figuratively–of the track?

Ask driver Andrew DeKoning, and he’ll tell you that while the stock Plaid is fast, it’s still built more for cruising than the track.

Luckily, aftermarket solutions exist–in this case, from Mountain Pass Performance.

Mountain Pass fitted this Tesla Model S Plaid with several upgrades like stiffer bushings, adjustable suspension components, additional downforce, wider wheels and a trick unit from Motec that allows even more control over the car’s parameters.

All those upgrades may have improved the on-track handling of the already-quick Tesla, but is it enough to ensure the Model S Plaid can secure the title of ultimate track car?

There’s only one way to find out: At our annual search for the fastest machine on four wheels, the 2024 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge presented by Grassroots Motorsports.

Rules for the UTCC, which takes place alongside the Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials Nationals Powered by Hagerty on October 26-27 at Kentucky’s NCM Motorsport Park, are simple: Both car and driver must pass a safety inspection. That’s all.

Outside of that, build your track car however you see fit: Twin turbos, custom-built chassis, massive wings, sequential gearboxes–it’s all welcome at the UTCC.

Think you have the ultimate track car? Click here to register today.

For more information about the 2024 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge presented by Grassroots Motorsports visit ultimatetrackcarchallenge.com.

The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Grassroots Motorsports and Sunoco, the official fuel of the UTCC,  in association with Wilwood EngineeringCRC Industries and HMS Motorsport, with trophies from Miller Electric and XS Power.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/14/24 11:36 a.m.

Wow, cool. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
6/14/24 11:49 a.m.

And we're just scratching the tip of the iceberg so far, there are some really awesome entries yet to share–like the one we got in the inbox this morning... wink

Stay tuned.

6/16/24 12:34 p.m.

I wonder what other EVs will become major track rats too. I particularly remember, the Leaf chassis was an altered Juke/Altima (?) and was able to use a majority of the aftermarket as well.

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