Tesla Model S Breaks Down On The Nurburgring, Gets Passed By A Porsche Taycan

Tesla desperately wants to take the Nurburgring lap record for four-door electric sport sedans away from Porsche, but the company has suffered an embarrassing setback.

As you can see in this YouTube video posted by Talea Media, a Tesla Model S prototype apparently encountered an issue and had to pull over to the side of the Nordschleife.

There’s no word on what happened, but a fire truck was called to the scene and its crew was spotted talking to the driver of the Tesla. A second vehicle was also deployed to caution other drivers about the situation ahead.

Also Read: Tesla Model S Prototype Allegedly Demolishes Porsche Taycan’s ‘Ring Lap Record

While it’s not unusual for prototypes to occasionally breakdown or even catch on fire, this incident wasn’t without an ironic twist. As you can see at the beginning of the video, the Model S was passed by a Porsche Taycan prototype.

Eventually a tow truck arrived on the scene and hauled the Model S away. Following this, operations returned to normal.

The development is certainly embarrassing for Tesla, but the company might have the last laugh as company recently said “Data from our track tests indicates that Model S Plaid can achieve [a time of] 7:20 at the Nürburgring.” This is close to the time calculated by spy photographers and it means the Model S should be able to beat the Taycan’s lap time of 7 minutes and 42 seconds.

Of course, Porsche recently revealed that lap time was set using a pre-production Taycan Turbo and not the more powerful Taycan Turbo S. The latter model should be a little bit faster, but Tesla has suggested they’ll make some improvements to their Model S and try for a time of 7 minutes and 5 seconds next month.

H/T to Jalopnik


  • Ben
  • Mr. EP9

    Did they at least wave to one another or did one driver flip the other off? Just asking.

    • SnakePlant

      Haha.. the Taycan seems to barely have slowed down, but the i8 surely had a look.

  • Bash

    My mind: say nothing, be cool.
    Me: Bwaahahaha

  • MonkeyRider

    LFA sounds awesome at 6:55. Just saying.

    • SnakePlant

      holy shit…how’d they know to do that so perfectly for the camera.
      And also, did I miss the news of a new LFA variant?

    • salamOOn

      EV could be as fast as possible….. but man i would take ICE vehicle over EV just to hear that sound….

      ( and its also easier to estimate the speed when you hear engine.)

      • Honda NSX-R

        EV for a daily, ICE sports car for the weekend 👍

  • Jay

    Ha, the irony!

  • That M4 and Genesis need composure

    • SnakePlant

      Did that Genesis sound a little throaty to you after it spun and accelerated?

  • salamOOn
  • Jason Miller

    The absolute best part about the Nurburgring is the Dodge Ram safety truck.

    • Matt

      Really… that’s the best part? So not like, the track itself?

      • europeon

        Yes, because Dodge (and Chrysler for that matter) doesn’t have an official presence in Europe. They don’t sell any cars here.

        • Matt

          Yeah but people privately import American cars all the time. You don’t have to go to the ‘Ring to find a RAM in Germany. I personally don’t see the big deal.

          Big pick-ups do make good track safety vehicles as they are powerful and can carry a lot of heavy gear and crew. I’ve been to a few race tracks where ‘Big 3’ pick-ups are used as support vehicles even though they’re not sold officially in that particular country.

          I wouldn’t make a trip to the Nurburgring just to see a RAM truck, that’s for sure.

          • europeon

            Well, people import American cars for status, not for using them as workhorses. The taxes are really high (beside import taxes and shipping you have to pay an extra 20-25% for VAT), there is no warranty in Europe for them, and the spare parts are a nightmare to source, and taxes for big engines are insane. And it’s not like there are no “domestic” pickups in Europe – from Ford to Nissan the lineup is quite big.

        • Jarosław Kotowicz

          What? So you propably never heard about AEC which is an authorized Dodge and RAM importer in Europe. Same with AGT. Buying a Dodge or RAM isn’t any problem.

          • europeon

            They’re not authorized per se, they’re “gray” importers. I know because a few years ago I wanted yo buy one. They will bring the car to you from the US, just like a lot of other companies, that’s not the problem, but the other issues like warranty (they do offer *some* warranty to be fair), taxes, and spare parts.

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    • ErnieB


  • charlotteharry57

    Elon, clearly, stoned again. This guy is off the charts.

  • wtvlol
  • Six_Tymes

    I cant stop laughing… pass the popcorn

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    A Tesla in its natural habitat.

  • TrevP

    Love how the electric spoiler on the Panamera unfolds out like that

  • Zandit75

    Damn, the RS3 sounds aggressive in the last couple of minutes!!!

  • ErnieB

    Autopilot fell asleep at the wheel again! Damn it Elon..


  • designer_dick
  • Subi-Rubicon1
  • Alduin

    Typical pos Tesla. Probably overheated the battery pack.

  • getoffme

    Hilarious. It probably combusted on the way to the garage also.

  • longhorn69

    One has to believe Elon is throwing coffee cups, pins and whatever else is on his desk at the walll, knowing that this video is going viral.

  • Jim Jones ©

    Not being an individual to blindly follow whatever is fed to me by the internet I decided to make a trip to a Tesla sales office (yes they do exist and not all are in North America) to take a look at their range of vehicles.

    I have to say I was surprised by the quality, from the seats to the little roller buttons on the Model 3 steering wheel, all of it was of a quality high above what you would be led to believe reading the reviews. As for ‘panel gaps’……pffft, not even a german with a panel guage could fault it.

    There is a multi trillion dollar petrolium based industry trying to survive in a changing market that quite frankly has left them in the last century……Porsche being one of them.

    Don’rt fall for the B.S……Elon Musk has quite literally dragged the world forward and off the Middle Eastern dependent teat,

    Transition will take time but the resistance to change is being driven by profit and not by necessity.

  • Porkopolis

    Neither car has a driver. This is an electronic dick-measuring contest between Autopilot and Innodrive.

  • Basem Sat

    Look , as long as you go to Nurburgring to test your cars, then simply you’re a liar, and to put your head to head with Porcshse , then you’re a vulgar liar

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