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Tesla states they will challenge Porsche on the Nurburgring

But it seems they failed to book a reservation for a record attempt

1y ago

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Porsche recently broke the record for 4 door EVs on the Nurburgring with their newly revealed 4 door EV, the Taycan. The Taycan lapped the Green Hell in 7 minutes and 42 seconds, which is currently the fastest in the 4 door EV sector. However, for now, it was a subjective record as there are not many competitors in the sector.

However, Elon Musk and Tesla posted a tweet saying “Model S on Nurburgring this week” alluring that Tesla might be attempting a record break for Porsche’s previous record. Tesla and Elon are quite skeptical about Porsche’s new EV and did make some not-so-funny jokes like tackling Porsche about their ‘turbo’ name. But now finally it seemed that Elon and Tesla were doing something instead of just uploading tweets.

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Image from EV Compare

If Tesla is bringing its best weapon to the Nurburgring, they will probably use the Models S Performance P100D. The P100D Performance has a power output of 762hp and can reach 60mph in 2.3 seconds. The Taycan Turbo S produces 761hp and can reach 60mph in 2.6 seconds. But when considering the fact that the Porsche is modest with their performance numbers and has a better underbody setting, suspension, and brakes, it will be a quite a duel.

Image from Nurburgring

Image from Nurburgring

However, it was revealed that Tesla did not book any exclusive time slot for the record attempt according to Nurburgring. They say that the Nordschliefe is fully booked for the season and Tesla did not send the Nurburgring a proper request. So although a few people from Tesla might come to the Nurburgring with their Tesla, it will not be an official record attempt for sure.

Image from Fortune

Image from Fortune

So once again, we see how Elon and Tesla are talented at ‘noise marketing.’ Although they did not have any of the preparations actually to tackle Porsche, they were able to get tons of attention and focus just by a ‘tweet.’ It is both a disappointment for Tesla fans who would have wanted to see a proper record attempt from Tesla and Tesla haters who would have wanted the Tesla to catch fire while going around the Ring.

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Image from Elektrek

At the end of the day...

Although I am not a fan of Teslas, I was actually curious how a Tesla Model S would perform on a track. The Model S is way cheaper and more daily-usable than a Taycan, so if it could perform as well as a Taycan, it would be actually interesting for the whole EV market. However, Tesla managed to shatter all of our expectations and hypes and we do know this is not the first time. Tesla can ‘hook’ people’s attention by cheap tricks like this for a few times. But if they do not manage to actually show people that their cars can be faster than a Porsche or will not burn down during a hot lap, they will be perishing soon. Marketing is important. However, if the product is not worth the marketing, people tend to get more disappointed. So Mr. Musk, be a bit more careful when you post a tweet, it might lead to your demise.

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Comments (107)

  • I didn't want to write this in the article as it had to be 'neutral'. But I really want to say I wanted to see Tesla catching fire while doing a hot lap. Pity I can't...

      1 year ago
    • Ok I’m going to ask the question: why the Tesla hate? Personally I’ve got more of a beef with VAG for the 5000 deaths a year (just in Europe) caused by dieselgate. At least Tesla aren’t killing the young and elderly with faked emissions test...

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        1 year ago
    • Volkswagen “Dieselgate” scandal has nothing to do with Porsche Taycan. I think most of the dislike of Musk is that he has said and ‘tweeted’ many alarming posts. I agree with Josh S in that Porsche has heritage, it has calmly achieved the...

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        1 year ago
  • No way Porsche have years worth of racing experience, they’ll always make a better track car. Most of the other European manufacturers have trouble competing with them..... what on Earth will tesla be able to do lol

      1 year ago
    • Well, they tend to be better fuel for campfires than Porsches...

        1 year ago
    • We all know that Americans are good at barbecues...

        1 year ago
  • It's not even close to fair, and a stupid stance from Musk.

    A couple of years old family sedan versus the fastest EV Porsch can put together.

    If they are making a 100kWh roadster, they might stand a chance.

    If I where Musk, I would praise Porsche for joining the EV club and say something in the line of, "you are almost there" and in small numbers post the 0-100 times.

    When a Model S comes even close to the Porsches times, it would mean Porsche was sleeping while developing their model T.

      1 year ago
    • True... the Roadster will be their hidden Joker for Tesla, but only when if it lives up to the hype. You can't expect a positive criticism when the Model 3 production lines are still being delayed and Tesla is failing to make a profit.

        1 year ago
    • The fastest EV that Porsche can make is not even close to a Taycan whic is closer to a Panamera. Maybe they build the thing with a lot of carbon and no rear seats, that will be a fast EV Porsche.

        1 year ago
  • fully booked? sounds like getting afraid after being overconfident.

      1 year ago
    • XD The Ring is currently fully booked for real, but I think Tesla wasn't really seriously thinking of challenging the Ring...

        1 year ago
  • They're just being desperate now.

    #BombTheNurburgring

      1 year ago
    • James May likes this comment.

        1 year ago
    • Whilst the idea that a Tesla can match, a Porsche, may seem laughable, I feel that we are doing Tesla a bit of an injustice. True, that a Porsche developed EV completed in 2018-19 should wipe the floor against the 2014 designed Tesla, but give...

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        1 year ago

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