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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2019
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.