Tesla Model S Plaid takes top time at Nurburgring from Taycan
Elon Musk said at the unveiling of the Tesla Model S Plaid that the company may bring the car back to the Nürburgring Nordschleife to set a lap time. Well, now it has, and it's fast enough to dethrone its arch-rival, the Porsche Taycan, and make Tesla the fastest electric sedan on the track.
The seemingly official time is 7: 35.579. This is the time listed in the lap's onboard video. Musk also claims the car was completely stock, and the video actually shows the car is driven with the infamous yoke-style steering wheel. Somewhat confusing is the fact that the tweet in which Musk says the car is stock is about five seconds faster than the official one a second time. But if Tesla lists the slower time as the "official" one, who should we argue?
Both times are significantly faster than the time set by Porsche with the Taycan. It managed 7: 42.34, which is about seven seconds behind the Tesla. That being said, Porsche may have more to give. According to Car and Driver, the Taycan that was used for the ring time was a turbo trim that puts out 670 horsepower. Porsche also has a Turbo S version with 750 hp. We are curious to see whether that would be enough to regain the title of electric sedan.
Tesla may not be quite finished either. Apparently there will be a software update for Track Mode for Model S cars in the near future, and assuming it hasn't been used on this record-breaking car, there could be room for a little improvement. Musk also mentioned plans to try out some aero-aids and better brakes, but if they weren't offered as official parts, a ring car so equipped wouldn't qualify as a production car.
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