Musk Confident New Tesla Roadster Will Set Production Car Record At The ‘Ring

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk says the upcoming, second-gen Roadster could set a new outright production car lap record around the Nurburgring.

Shortly after news broke that a Model S prototype had reportedly lapped the German circuit much faster than the Porsche Taycan Turbo, a Tesla fan took to Twitter and asked Musk how the Roadster will perform at the German track.

More specifically, he wondered whether the Tesla would lap faster than 6:44.97, which is the current record for production cars on the ‘Ring and is held by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Musk’s answer? Surpisingly laconic, though hardly surprising.

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The new Roadster was first unveiled as a prototype nearly two years ago. Powering the production version will be no less than three electric motors and a giant, 200 kWh battery pack and, according to Tesla, it will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 1.9 seconds and 100 mph (160 km/h) in 4.2 seconds. What’s more, the range-topping version will feature rocket thrusters (!) to improve performance.

Tesla won’t be the only way battling it out for Nurburgring supremacy in the coming years, as a new fleet of hypercars just around the corner are promising to push the boundaries of performance and are expected to make the Aventador SVJ’s lap record seem pedestrian.

Aston Martin‘s 1,160 HP Valkyrie, for example, is tipped to smash the record, and Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has even suggested the track version “could be a contender” to beat the outright 5:19.545 record held by the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo. The Mercedes-AMG One could also be a challenger for top honors, while Lotus says it is thinking of bringing its forthcoming, 1,973 hp all-electric Evija to the German circuit.

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  • javier

    that’s the only tesla that is remotely appealing, way way out of my budget though @ 200k or whatever

  • msterbeau

    It’s not going to come close without a significant amount of downforce.

  • Arthur Burnside

    Musk got taken – the Taycan that set the record was NOT the Turbo S but the slower Turbo. Musk was cowardly in refusing to run a production Performance version Model S, so he stripped the interior, changes the aero front end, added another motor and changed to non-production racing tires and still failed to outrun the Turbo S Taycan. LOL Musk the Fool

    • benT

      Arty Bumside.
      You are such an idiot to have such views resembling a simpleton.

    • HD

      Critics before “Tesla cannot finish a single turn without overheating, let alone finish a full lap”, critics now “Tesla is using a test car (just like Porsche) so it’s not fair!”. This is getting funny.

      • Dredd2

        pre-production (stock) car and a prototype race-car arent the same. it seems ure unable to understand the differencies between the two, thats why you found it “funny”.
        I found it CRINGE.

        • HD

          How do you know the Tesla is not a pre-production car? We know that a new version is coming, it might be this one. All this is irrelevant. People of the Internet claimed that the Tesla has no chance to drive a single lap without overheating, let alone being fast as a Porsche. All you have been proving wrong.

          • Dredd2

            pre-prod family sedans rarely have (shortly) : rollcage, gutted interior (without seats,ac,etc),oversized semi slick tyres, wider bodykit.

            I’m sure that you cant buy this exact model from saloons in 2020.

    • Lloyd Anthony

      But, as you said, the Turbo S didn’t set a time so how can you conclude that Tesla failed to outrun it ?

    • Richard Alexander

      Forgot adding coilovers. The car at the ring now is not even remotely a production car. I have a theory that many, if not most, Tesla fanboys are not traditional car enthusiasts. Therefore it is easy for them to overlook the importance of these details.

  • Richard Alexander

    Talks production cars. Sends a ringer Model S with coilovers, extra motors, etc. He’s making a great bet that headlines trump the actual details.

    • HD

      Porsche record breaking event happened prior to have the production up and running. Same thing will happen with Tesla. I don’t see much of a difference.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    sorry. but that car is ugly

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