Watch The Tesla Model S Set A Nürburgring Track Record
What was once a feared track has now been tamed by the one and only Tesla. According to Elon Musk, the Model S just set a Nürburgring Lap Record.
The Model S Plaid beat out the Taycan Turbo lap record by 12 seconds © Credit to Tesla
Tesla has a knack for breaking records, this time at a notorious race track in Europe. The Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in Germany was dominated by the Plaid version of the American automaker’s Model S, beating the previous record by nearly 12 seconds.
The Model S Plaid finished the track with a laptime of 7:30.909, knocking the previous record holder (the Porsche Taycan Turbo) off the winner’s podium.
For reference, the Nürburgring Nordschleife is no walk in the park — it’s known as “The Green Hell” for a reason. It’s an incredibly difficult 13-mile track to master. But still, Tesla remained unfazed as it set the record.
CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to share this achievement with the world:
Tesla Model S Plaid just set official world speed record for a production electric car at Nurburgring. Completely unmodified, directly from factory. pic.twitter.com/AaiFtfW5Ht
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 9, 2021
There isn’t a lot of information here, but we can see all the important parts in the average speed of the Model S and laptime.
According to sources, Tesla has been at the track for the past few weeks testing its vehicles — and setting records.
We should point out that the record can be debated at length. After all, it’s difficult to assess whether a vehicle is a ‘production-ready’ type or modified somehow. That being said, the Model S Plaid has incredible power in its own right and wouldn’t need fine-tuning to take on The Green Hell.
It’s worth noting because NIO technically holds the record for the fastest lap, courtesy of its EP9 EV. Back in 2017, the NIO EP9 completed the Nürburgring with a finish time of 6:45.90, which is a split second faster than the Model S.
Since only 20 models were built (EP9), you can’t really call it a ‘production-ready’ vehicle.
The fastest lap recorded was set by the Volkswagen ID.R, an electric race car that was optimised for setting records. This EV finished with an impressive 6:05.336 time.
Again, this doesn’t count as a production vehicle. So, in this case, the title goes to Tesla.
You can see the Model S Plaid enter The Green Hell in the video above. Let us know in the comments what you think of this record and who you think could beat it (if anyone) in the production-ready lane.