Does Tesla have the Taycan's Nurburgring record in its crosshairs?
The Porsche Taycan’s release last week took the car world by storm. With the new car setting the production EV record at the Nurburgring, other EV manufacturers have been left by the wayside. One of which is Tesla that has had a very uncharacteristic period of silence over the last few weeks.
The other day though, this all changed, as a rather odd version of the Model S took to the Green Hell.
The supposed concept seen performing test laps on the Nordschleife featured a roll cage, extended wheel arches, an odd ducktail spoiler and, according to Elon Musk, seven seats. Not only is this new car trundling around the 25.95km course, a regular Model S has also been seen pushing the limits.
These recent spots took place not long after the Model S set the four-door production car record at Leguna Seca, showing the saloon does have sporty credentials.
This sportiness is sure to be extracted to its fullest as it’s been reported that 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg will be the one behind the wheel when the American company goes for the record. In fact, according to motoring journalist Paul Maric, Rosberg and Tesla are in discussions surrounding the attempt.
Obviously, with a car that has been so heavily modified, it would be a shame for Tesla to set the lap record but have not be official due to it not being a production car. Therefore, it’s plausible to see a Model S P100D+ in the company’s range soon.
This theory has been strengthened as the EV maker has booked its place in the Industry Pool at the ‘Ring. This is a session aimed at helping manufacturers perfect their cars, not to allow them to set fast lap times without booking the track exclusively.