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Tesla's Plaid Prototype breaks down at Nurburgring due to mechanical failure

And a passing Taycan laps it twice. Well 'plaid' Tesla...

1y ago
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Image from Electrek

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

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’.

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Comments (222)

  • Take this, fanboys. Yeah, I'm a proud Porsche fan and the reason I'm proud is because although the Taycan might be slower, Porsche plays fair, and most of all, it didn't break down in the Ring.

      1 year ago
    • Agree. Cheating isn't right. Ok I am pretty biased towards Porsche like you are but well.....

        1 year ago
    • Tayacan broke down several times just not at the ring!

        1 year ago
  • A real middle finger to Musk

      1 year ago
    • [Server] Elon Musk has left the chat.

      [Server] Tesla fanboys have left the chat.

        1 year ago
    • Sorry to brake it to you but Porsche bought 15% of the Rimac company. So basically there is an Rimac drivetrain and batteries inside of Taycan. So they are part of game.

        1 year ago
  • Competition is good. It helps make better products all around. Didn’t think there was so much hatred towards a brand that’s been doing electric vehicles from the start but I guess that’s the way the world works nowadays?

    Also, this whole ring time beating thing is a huge publicity stunt. 99% of the world could care less since almost all these cars will never be driven to such extremes. That goes for both marquees. Let’s be honest here.. if you know you’re going to hit the track, you would probably want the famous beetle compared to a 4 door saloon. If you really want to do it properly, you would be running a proper race machine not a street machine.

    So yeah, it’s funny to see the competitor lap the broken prototype (twice I might add) but at the end of the day, does it really matter? At this price range, people will buy what they want. Ring time be damned.

      1 year ago
    • Couldn't agree more..

        1 year ago
    • I agree with you. Ring times are pointless because the brands never share the 100% of the info and specs they used to set said times, is always bogus information.

      About Brand hate, I think is because Tesla's fan base, or at least that is what...

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        1 year ago
  • Oh the irony... hilarious.

      1 year ago
    • Yes it is. This is made my evening.

        1 year ago
    • Simple pleasures for simple minds.

        1 year ago
  • Another great article, Josh. Way to bash Tesla and show the world how horrible they are. I am glad to see someone telling the truth for once. Tesla has done nothing but deliver horrible cars that no one wants, and needs an impartial person like yourself to tell that truth to the world. I’m sure Porsche would have taken the leap to create the Taycan even if Tesla hadn’t created the model S, X, and 3. And now that Porsche finally decided to join the electric market, they can finally kill Tesla once and for all. Awesome job! Be proud!

      1 year ago
    • Thanks, X V. I had encountered numerous criticism about my stance throughout the whole journey, and I think that video 'counter-punches' them all.

        1 year ago
    • So was it a Taycan or Tesla that lapped the broke down Tesla? It’s not clear because the title and article don’t match, at least in the Apple News app. The Apple news app says a Tesla breaks down and is lapped by a Tesla twice. But the article brags...

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