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Tesla Model S Plaid claims production EV record at the Nürburgring

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Tesla revealed the Plaid variant of its Model S sedan back in June
Tesla revealed the Plaid variant of its Model S sedan back in June
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CEO Elon Musk says that deliveries are already underway for Tesla's Model S Plaid
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CEO Elon Musk says that deliveries are already underway for Tesla's Model S Plaid
Tesla revealed the Plaid variant of its Model S sedan back in June
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Tesla revealed the Plaid variant of its Model S sedan back in June

When Tesla revealed the Plaid variant of its Model S back in June, it was clear that it would have few competitors in the electric vehicle space, at least so far as the performance of four-door sedans go. The company has recently been busy proving its chops by sending a production version of the car around the Nürburgring, and CEO Elon Musk today claims that these efforts have resulted in a new world record for the vehicle's class.

The Model S Plaid entered the world as a 1,020-hp electric car capable of covering a quarter mile in just 9.23 seconds, and shuttling from 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 1.99 seconds. This made it the first production car to break this two-second barrier and, according to Musk, positioned the Model S Plaid as the "most amount of fun on four wheels."

CEO Elon Musk says that deliveries are already underway for Tesla's Model S Plaid
CEO Elon Musk says that deliveries are already underway for Tesla's Model S Plaid

Tesla has had some fun at the Nürburgring with the Model S Plaid before, perhaps most notably in 2019 when it clocked an unofficial lap time of seven minutes 13 seconds with a finely tuned R&D prototype. This was a great deal faster than the record for production electric cars of seven minutes 42 seconds, set by the Porsche Taycan in August 2019.

The Plaid powertrain has also been put to work at California's Laguna Seca, where a prototype was whipped around the circuit in 1:36.555, a record-breaking time for a four-door sedan, electric or otherwise.

Now Tesla has returned to the 'Ring with an unmodified version of the production Model S Plaid, and navigated the notoriously testing circuit in a blistering seven minutes and 30.909 seconds, with an average speed of 166.320 km/h (103 mph).

“Tesla Model S Plaid just set official world speed record for a production electric car at Nürburgring. Completely unmodified, directly from factory,” Musk posted on Twitter, with an accompanying photo of the time sheet. “Next will be modified Plaid with added aero surfaces, carbon brakes & track tires (all things that can be done without Tesla being in the loop).”

Such alterations will likely see the Model S Plaid clock even faster lap times, but it will have some ways to go to topple the hottest of hot laps completed by an electric vehicle, the six minutes and five seconds logged by the Volkswagen ID.R back in 2019.

Source: Twitter

4 comments
4 comments
Crimsontiger6
Volkswagen ID.R is a race car. Tesla plaid is a production sedan. Big difference. ID.R also holds the outright Pikes Peak record
Demosthenes
Is there anything to report about mobility that makes sense for the future?
Daishi
It's a pretty legitimate time but it seems like no matter what they do there are always critics. There is a short list of production vehicles that are still faster around but they are mostly much smaller sports cars. The lap record for a vehicle that size (E class) is held by the $180k Porsche Panamera Turbo at 7:29.81. The Tesla Plaid isn't just the fastest production EV around it's also within spitting distance of being the fastest vehicle of its size and it's $50k cheaper than the Panamera Turbo. The critics that said EV's can only be fast off the line and not around a track still seem to be holding onto their arguments down to the last few combustion vehicles still in the way.
WB
Incredible how Porsche and all the Germans allow themselves to be so humiliated in their own backyard. Problem is it's I ky getting worse once giga Berlin is open Tesla will walk away with half of the German car market like they did in the USA and China.