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Tesla Model S Plaid at the Nürburgring: 7:35.579 minutes

Tesla set an official lap record on the Nürburgring, breaking the unofficial record of the Porsche Taycan.

Shortly before the official announcement, Tesla boss Elon Musk confirmed the record lap with the 1,020 hp Model S Plaid via Twitter and posted the lap times. lap times? Yes, the 7:30,909 minutes on his note represent the so-called "Sport Auto" lap, the official record time - set on September 9th, 2021 - is 7:35,579 minutes for the 20.832 kilometers. The top speed was 279 km/h, the average speed 164.615 km/h. Incidentally, as in the previous test drives, the Swedish racing driver Andreas Simonsen was behind the wheel. In 2019, before the market launch of the Taycan, Porsche had clocked in a 7:42 minute over 20.6 ring kilometers with the electric sports car. However, this "record" was only an unofficial time that was not confirmed by a notary.

Tesla's new record attempt is coming

Musk proudly announces the "world record" for production electric cars on the ring, which his crew set with a production Model S straight from the factory, including the bizarre bisected yoke steering wheel . Next, he announced further record attempts with a Model S Plaid that has racing tires and carbon brakes and is aerodynamically optimized.

Review: In 2019, Tesla tested different Model S Plaid prototypes in the green hell for several weeks. The mission back then: to set a lap record for four-door all-electric sports cars. The crew finally left without having achieved anything, with an unofficial lap time of 7:13 minutes. Back then at the wheel of the sports car: Nordschleife connoisseur and racing driver Thomas Mutsch and his Swedish colleague Andreas Simonsen.

Modified Model S already on the ring

In July 2021 Andreas Simonsen is testing a modified Model S Plaid model on the ring (see photo show). The electric sports car was equipped with a roll cage, which could be seen through the tinted windows, as well as with sports suspension and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires size 295/30 ZR21. The rear seat was removed.


After many years and many test drives, Tesla now has its Nürburgring record - and can outsmart its rival Porsche. Because the Taycan was not only unofficially slower, the Zuffenhausen-based company never invested in an officially recognized ring record.


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