UPDATE: Tesla states they will challenge Porsche on the Nuburgring
Now you might remember my article on Tesla ‘challenging’ Porsche on the Nurburgring, despite not having a time slot to do so. However, it seems that Tesla is taking this challenge quite seriously as a modified Tesla was seen at Nurburgring. Before you read this article, please have a look in the previous post about the Tesla vs Porsche battle.
So the controversy starts from Elon Musk’s tweets. He proudly stated that Tesla is going to the Nurburgring this week and we know why it is going: to beat the Porsche Taycan’s new lap record for 4 door EVs. However, it was highly criticized as Nurburgring confirmed that Tesla did not book any time trial sessions and there were no sessions available until early next year.
However, a 30 minute time slot miraculously appeared for Saturday, September 21st, and it seems that it would give enough room for Tesla to actually attempt a timed run on the Green Hell. Furthermore, Tesla seems to have a skilled driver at the wheels of their Taycan, Nico Rosberg, a former F1 racer.
The Tesla spotted on the Nurburgring earlier today seemed to be slightly modified. There is a rear spoiler lip attached to the trunk, bigger fender flares, a larger air grille, bigger brakes, semi-slick tires, and the list goes on. The question is whether this Model S P100D is equipped with the ‘plaid’ powertrain used in the Tesla that broke the saloon record for Laguna Seca. Elon himself commented that plaid will top the ludicrous lineup, which is already quite fast. Tesla managed to break Jaguar’s previous record on the track which was achieved by their Project 8 with an updated powertrain. But as the car has a badge saying P100D+ it seems that the car is equipped with the plaid powertrain. And most of all, Elon commented that the Tesla at the Nurburgring has 7 seats too...
However, the problem is that the Tesla does not look standard, and if it used the ‘plaid’ powertrain, which is not released yet, competition and comparison becomes meaningless. The Taycan did its stint in factory form, which means the car that they used for the record attempt is fully legal and can be configured by customers. However, in this case, Elon’s weapon does not seem available for ordinary customers. There is a chance that Tesla might produce a limited edition ‘Nurburgring’ special, but still, there is no news about it.
At the end of the day...
So it seems that Tesla’s attempt was not just a ‘hyped’ lie from Elon and I totally appreciate their effort to actually stick to their words as competition will definitely benefit both companies, Porsche and Tesla. Also it will be interesting for sure too. But the question is, that will Tesla be faster than the Taycan, and will the comparison between a bone stock Taycan and a modded Tesla will be justified. Well, we will get to know the answers soon.