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Why I won't care about Tesla's laptime at the 'Ring' anymore

Bring me a 'real' Model S Plaid, then I might give it a look

1y ago
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Image from Porsche

Image from Porsche

Honestly, there were a lot of heated discussions going not only on Drivetribe but over the whole automotive community due to the Porsche vs Tesla EV rivalry at the Nurburgring. Yes, I have a very straightforward and ‘biased’ opinion on this topic and have been writing quite a lot about it. However, after reading recent news about Tesla’s return to the Nurburgring, I decided not to care about the whole ‘Tesla at Nurburgring’ anymore. Here are my reasons.

Image from pressfrom.info

Image from pressfrom.info

The Model S Plaid was 20 seconds faster than the Taycan, according to Tesla, or to be precise the ‘data’ they have provided. Well, I believe them or the data at least. The Model S Plaid(from now on, I will call it the 1st version for ease) was obviously not a ‘standard’ car. It did not have any seats inside it, despite being marketed as a ‘seven-seat Model S’ and it was clearly not road legal in any way.

Image from Porsche

Image from Porsche

I honestly do not have any problem with Tesla bringing a single-seater EV with three motors on the Nurburgring to test it. However, when you ‘advertise’ it as a seven-seater Model S Plaid that will be in production next summer, not a limited track edition monoposto Tesla. And then, you see the whole hype of Porsche versus Tesla. Honestly, I do not see a meaningful comparison of a standard road-legal Taycan and an extensively modified Model S. It is like comparing a stock 911 Carrera with a 1,000hp GT-R from a Japanese tuner.

Image from Twitter

Image from Twitter

Furthermore, while Porsche had successfully completed its 2,000-mile American road test and a 24-hour endurance test without failure, the prototype somehow managed to find a parking space in the middle of the Nurburgring. Okay, it is a prototype. But would it be okay to ‘market’ a prototype that is not even reliable to break down during a hot lap on the Nurburgring as a Taycan competitor, when the Taycan has already gone into production after all the tests? I have to say the PRs of Tesla was too over-exaggerated and hyped.

Note the huge rear spoiler, diffuser, and the side air vents. Image from Teslarati

Note the huge rear spoiler, diffuser, and the side air vents. Image from Teslarati

But when I heard that Tesla will be returning to Nurburgring again, I honestly expected them to bring something better, and something closer to a production Model S Plaid we will be able to buy and drive on the road. However, what do I see? Yes, a Franken-Tesla with a huge rear diffuser that seems to be built for a GT3 car. Also, it still runs on semi-slick tires, which would not be suited for daily uses, while the aero work had evolved into an even more extreme state.

Image from Engadget

Image from Engadget

Honestly, now I am sick and tired of it. If Tesla had brought a somewhat more production-like model, I would not have felt this furious. But all I see is a mutant Tesla and Tesla’s PR division that seems to be desperate to ‘win’ Porsche both in terms of lap times and advertisement. So, Tesla, I will be waiting for you to bring us a proper road-legal, production-spec Model S Plaid. That is the very car we should be wondering about its lap time, not random prototypes.

Image from Porsche

Image from Porsche

At the end of the day...

With the whole Porsche vs Tesla debate, the Nurburgring’s problem had also arisen into the surface. Many users here on Drivetribe had criticized Nurburgring for the lack of sanctioning and clarification. And it seems that Nurburgring is actually trying to improve. The officials are trying to standardize the laps which is a great leap compared to times when Nurburgring only offered private time slots for record measurements.

Image from Nurburgring

Image from Nurburgring

“We now mandate that the full 20.8 km is used, and we employ a notary to measure the time following rumours that another manufacturer had cheated by speeding up video footage.” states the Nurburgring spokesman Alexander Gerhard. Also, new rules mandate where timing devices should be located too. Yes, it is a baby step as Nurburgring itself does not sanction the car’s state(being road-legal, tires, differences with standard model) itself. However, it is a baby step, and I wholeheartedly hope that the infamous Green Ring can regain its reputation for being the world’s most competitive benchmarking circuit.

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Comments (101)

  • "The prototype somehow managed to find a parking space in the middle of the Nurburgring."

    I'm not bragging, but I'm somehow quite satisfied with this sentence...

      1 year ago
    • Always hated Tesla’s and when I found it broke down I got in trouble in my classes for laughing too hard

        1 year ago
  • Really, who gives a damn

      1 year ago
  • I`ll tell you there`s no laptime without controversy, Tesla Is another one but certainly takes the palm on this, no laptime footage neither a timer or split time, manually timed and what a coincidence they had a prototype that could beat a pre-production car and shave off 20 seconds... very convenient for the PR department.

    The Model S P100D+ wasn`t a pre-production model, neither it was avaible for private customers or it was even road legal, it`s just a prototype that failed like a chinese stopwatch while the Taycan could lap the nurburgring and be running up to 24hours without rest, which one is more credible to the public? If musk really wants to gain the admiration of petrolheads or their respect I think releasing video footage of the onboard camera would be a good begining, including releasing INMEDIATELY the Plaid powertrain on the Model S.

    Well better not... I don`t want to lap my local racetrack and be riding in fire by the end of a lap.

      1 year ago
  • Who cares of a coal powered car. It may catch on fire like all of the other tesla

      1 year ago
  • Finally,someone who gets it

    Sell your Tesla stock.

    Electric combined with hydrogen will win out

    Naturally the Japanese will win.

      1 year ago
    • Hydrogen cannot be economical for road transport. On a cost per mile basis, battery electric will always far cheaper.

        1 year ago
    • That doesn’t mean it won’t

        1 year ago
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