Tesla's Plaid Prototype breaks down at Nurburgring due to mechanical failure
And a passing Taycan laps it twice. Well 'plaid' Tesla...
Image from Electrek
Okay, Tesla recently announced that they reached the 7 minutes and 20-second lap time in the Nurburgring with their Plaid Model S and will be returning for a 7 minute and 5-second goal. Well, congratulations. But what is the use of the record when the very record-breaking car actually breaks down on the Nurburgring?
The Twitter feed shows the Plaid Tesla, which is recognizable by the wide rear fenders, and most of all, the driver, had actually broken down in the middle of the track. For now the reason is unknown, but it seems something did not go well as they predicted. I suspect this might be a problem related to the powertrain as the car totally stopped.
And a Porsche Taycan passing by actually lapped the Tesla twice. It must have really been a big dent in both the Tesla and the driver’s ego. Well, the Taycan Turbo might be slower than the Plaid Model S, but what is the use of the whole new powertrain when it cannot last a few days of track testing? As a side note, the Taycan did a 2000 mile endurance road trip before it was released.
Some Tesla fireworks to celebrate Tesla's huge record break
At the end of the day...
Tesla states that the Plaid Model S will be a real model. Now, I am really excited about how reliable, durable, and tough the new Plaid model will be. It will not only lap tracks so fast but also be able to compete in 24-hour grade endurance races. Good job Tesla, well ‘plaid’.