Elon Musk wants to achieve a sub-7 minute record at the Nurburgring
Can the Tesla Model S Plaid keep up with a GT2 RS and 918 Spyder?
It's no secret that Tesla and Porsche are rivals when it comes to EV performance on the track. During late 2019, the Taycan Turbo dethroned the Model S Performance as the fastest street-legal electric car at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, sparking heated conversation over Twitter. Two years later, the American manufacturer is out to seek German blood with its ludicrously fast Model S Plaid.
In a recent podcast with Joe Rogan, Musk discussed several topics regarding Tesla. He wants the upcoming Tesla Roadster to "hover" with jets and the Cybertruck will be few percent smaller for practicality reasons. Finally, he mentioned that the Model S Plaid will attempt to crack the sub-7 minute mark at the Nurburgring later this year.
Is this ambition achievable? Well, the Plaid has a low centre of gravity and a whopping 1000hp+ powertrain. That figure may sound ridiculous (and it is), but the family hauler manages to put that power down with its AWD system. The evidence is in the 0-62mph sprint, which is achieved in an eye-watering 2.1 seconds.
Whilst the Taycan Turbo is officially the fastest street-legal EV around the Nurburgring (7:42), it was beaten by a Model S Plaid prototype. The time set by the Tesla was an impressive 7:23 but still 23 seconds slower than Musk's ultimate goal. Nevertheless, it is a strange and exciting time to be alive when a souped-up Model S is trying to compete against track-focused exotics.