Tesla Claims Nurburgring EV Production Record With Model S Plaid

Elon Musk has tweeted a timesheet showing a 7min 30.9sec 'Ring lap, and footage has been posted of a slightly slower effort
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Nearly two years on from first showing up at the Nurburgring with a drastically modified Model S and then leaving without posting a time, Tesla has now delivered the Green Hell goods. The new 1007bhp Model S Plaid has been seen tearing around the Nordschleife for the last few weeks, and today CEO Elon Musk tweeted a pair of lap times achieved by the car: 7:30.909, and 7:35.579.

The former is a whopping 11 seconds faster than the time set by Porsche Taycan Turbo in August 2019. Musk said the car was “Completely unmodified, directly from factory”. A Model S Plaid was spotted at the track with the infamous yoke switched for a more conventional steering wheel, however, footage of the slower lap features the former. At the time of writing, a video of the faster lap had not been posted.

We don’t like the idea of going opposite lock with a yoke attached to a steering rack with a ratio of 14.0:1 (2.3 turns lock to lock), but the 7min 35sec lap is free from such drama. There’s a hefty amount of tyre squeal, which is inevitable for a vehicle tipping the scales at nearly 2.2 tonnes. The weight will be a big factor in the Model S Plaid’s inability to match the outright saloon record, currently held by the considerably less powerful but lighter and more focused Jaguar XE SV Project 8.

The Jag set a 7:18.36 in 2019, and the next year, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door (which technically isn’t a saloon) managed a 7min 27.8sec lap to claim the very niche “luxury class” record. But still, the Tesla’s 7:30 is impressive enough for a car that isn’t designed for on-track shenanigans, even if it does have a big power advantage.

Tesla Claims Nurburgring EV Production Record With Model S Plaid

That figure will come down, but not via a stock Model S Plaid. Musk has pledged to send around a modified version with additional aero devices, carbon ceramic brakes and stickier track tyres. It doesn’t sound like these will form part of an official track package, though, as at the end of the Tweet he added, “all things that can be done without Tesla being in the loop.”

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Freddie Skeates

Slower than a 2009 Nissan GTR that has more than half the power, nice

09/10/2021 - 11:32 |
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Breaking news: 5 door 7 seater sedan with lots of cargo space and focus on daily driving and straight line speed is mysteriously slower than a dedicated sports car developed to be a Nurburgring killer.

In other shocking news, experts are mystified at how the Radical Sr8, a track with nearly 200 HP less than the GT-R, demolishes it at the very same track. It is rumored that it may be because the SR8 is barely street legal race car while the GT-R is a sports car meant for real world usage. Top scientists conclude that stupid comparisons like this and the previous might ultimately be a waste of time.

09/10/2021 - 16:00 |
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its definitely impressive but im still surprised it took them 300hp more than the Taycan to beat the EV Porsche Record

09/10/2021 - 15:36 |
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