Has Tesla already beaten Porsche’s Taycan Nurburgring record?
After setting the EV record around the Laguna Seca racetrack in California a few weeks ago, Tesla already has its eyes on another record. This time, the American company is aiming to thrash its competition, the Porsche Taycan, on its home soil.
For a while, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been teasing a potential Nurburgring assault on Twitter. However, the circuit has said that it is yet to be contacted about booking the track for an opportunity to set the record. Usually, this would mean that a new record time will not happen any time soon.
Tesla is a very unique company though. Rumours suggest that, with a new 3-motor Model S, Tesla has *already* broken Porsche’s record. In fact, motoring photographer based in the area surrounding the Green Hell, Stefan Bauldauf has somehow timed the car doing a lap in 7 minutes and 23 seconds. That’s quite a significant gain on the Taycan’s 7:42.
This time was backed up by German news site, Auto Motor Und Sport that also clocked the so-called ‘Plaid’ Model S doing a 7:23. – though we are yet to have any official confirmation from Tesla or anyone else.
So far, this lap time isn’t particularly relevant to what a regular, road-going Model S can do. In fact, the prototype that set the unofficial record features uprated brakes, stiffer suspension, a more aero-focused body kit including wider arches and a lip spoiler. It also gets a lot of help from the three-motor setup which is expected to be available on road-going Model S cars from next year.
It will be very interesting to hear from Tesla about the lap time and the car that set it. Hopefully, the ultra-fast prototype that set the time will become a fully fledged model for customers to buy. Until that happens, I would tend to say that this doesn't count as a true 'production EV' record.