Tesla Says Model S Plaid Could Record 7:05 Nurburgring Lap Next Month

Tesla has made a lot of noiseafter bringing a couple of Model S prototypes to the Nurburgring for development of its new “Plaid” powertrain – and to chase down the Porsche Taycan’s electric sedan record.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the “chassis prototypes”, as the company calls them, had lapped the circuit in 7:20.

However, the electric car manufacturer doesn’t appear satisfied with that. In fact, it went as far as tweeting that the Model S Plaid may be able to record a 7:05 time when it returns to the German circuit for more testing next month .

Also Read: Tesla’s Super-Fast Model S Prototype Shows Its Gutted Interior In New Spy Shots

Now, let’s imagine that the Tesla does indeed storm around Green Hell in 7:05. Where would that place it on the production car score board?

Only eight production, street-legal vehicles have lapped the ‘Ring in under 7 minutes; three Lamborghinis, three Porsches, and two Radicals (although those are actually race cars with number plates on – but anyhow). The next two fastest times posted are a 7:01.3 for the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR and a 7:04.632 set by the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro. A time of 7:05 would put the Model S Plaid ahead of cars like the Nissan GT-R Nismo, McLaren 600LT and Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package and easily make it the fastest mass-production electric vehicle around the circuit.

The current street-legal EV record is held by China’s NIO EP9 at 6:45.90, and while that car is technically a production vehicle, only a few are believed to have been built.

It’s worth pointing out that the Model S test cars that have lapped the Nordschleife are modified over existing examples available to customers. Not only do they feature triple-electric motor powertrains that won’t be offered to the public for at least another year, but their chassis has been modified and their interiors have been stripped out.

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  • They’re trolling.. Gonna be a sub 4 min..

    • salamOOn

      i dont like you, but this one is good.

    • Adilos Nave

      All aboard the hype machine. Yeah, next they will say they can do it in negative time, and that they will post the record in 1985.

  • HG504

    All these claims of low 7:20s are with a prototype vehicle with flared arches, boosted battery, bigger grippy tyres, rollcage and stripped interior. These times amount to absolutely nothing. Porsche could turn around and do the same with prototype and get a sub 7min lap if they wanted to. What a joke.

    • Bo Hanan

      Think of Porsche’s entire performance/racing history- and then think of Tesla’s miniscule history. If Tesla can do this it would be monumental and very impressive. And frankly Porsche is expected to be able to do this. Know one thought Tesla’s could-should-would do it.

      • Ben

        I see where you’re coming from, but its comparing apples to oranges. Tesla is pulling out every trick in their book to win, including stripping the vehicle down and riding on prototype rubber. Porsche’s first entry into the market put Tesla on the attack, which is a good thing for the consumer. However, I believe if Porsche(VAG) truly wanted to flex their muscle they could. They are the same group that has developed the record smashing ID.R and the 919 that lapped the Nurburgring in 5:19m. If they truly wanted that record, I’m inclined to believe they would have it regardless.

        If Tesla can provide the performance they’re claiming to consumers any time soon, we’ll all win as the consumer, but until then, its just a prototype that’s been gutted and rubber unavailable to the public yet. I’m excited to see actual development kicking off in the EV space for enthusiast rather than videogames to play while charging. This is what competition does. In the end, this comparison is trivial. Its as if we are teleported back in time to when the first two automobiles were gathering staunch supporters on each side. Soon they’re be more EVs and looking back on the Tesla V. Taycan arguments will be seen as arguing between red v. blue.

        • Bo Hanan

          “Every stop” is the name of the game when it comes to performance numbers. Let’s wait and see if the Tesla being used is a prototype or an actual production car.

          • Ben

            Yes, but those advantages need to see themselves in the actual car consumers can drive. That’s all I’m saying. If this is just a pissing test to see who can put the fastest electric vehicle around the track instead of focusing on what the production vehicle can do, Tesla should pack a lunch.

            Like I’ve said, I don’t care about who has the best range or fastest lap. At the end of the day, people are going to buy what they want regardless of statistics or lap records. Its good to see Tesla being pushed by another automaker. This is merely the first wave and Tesla need brace themselves.

  • EyalN

    Please someone tell Musk that people buy only SUVs and pick ups now.
    Musk still doesn’t understand what people are looking for, this is why he is losing so much money.

    • HD

      As an advisor, you would be probably fired after two minutes from Tesla. Rightfully so…

    • Jason Miller

      I don’t want an SUV or a Truck. Sorry not sorry.

  • SD38439

    The only noise they have brought to the Nurburgring is a diesel generator to power their Supercharger charging station, annoying everyone nearby. So to beat Porsche’s record, they need three weeks using a stripped down racing version of their production model, with diesel keeping them in action.

    • HD

      Sure. “Tesla and the company confirms the new Supercharger is connected to the electrical grid and not a diesel generator”. Spreading more lies I see.

    • Jason Miller

      The generator was temporary. A permanent Supercharger has been installed at the Nurburgring now.

  • ErnieB

    With or without autopilot?

    • Porkopolis

      Good question. Many of us know the ‘Ring by memory from playing video games 15 years ago. Put some machine learning with the Autopilot systems and “driver” is just along for the ride.

  • Porkopolis

    In this issue of Car and Computer…

    • Ben

      Ah okay, that was a good one.

  • Jason Miller

    For the naysayers: in no way were any times official and even Tesla didn’t post an actual time. So anyone fussing about what it ran or supposedly ran needs to take a step down. That includes everyone screaming about a gutted interior in a “chassis prototype”. They’ll be back next month, most likely with full interior cars that will be about as quick as they say they will be. And I absolutely cannot wait to see these things on the road.

  • David Broad

    For clarity, yes it is a very quick car. But, it is on very sticky track day rubber. This will account for at least 20-30 seconds of that lap time. For it to be a legit lap it must be done on the factory rubber that the standard cars are/will be sold on.

    If it doesn’t do that and sticks with as far as i am aware also experimental track tyres you simply open up the lap for criticism.

  • Mr. EP9

    Tesla says a lot of things, but until they actually show video proof, it’s all hot air.

  • Drew

    Just remember: Musk Years are about equivalent to dog years.
    So, when he says this Plaid powertrain will be in some Tesla vehicles late next year, it actually means about 7 or 8 years.

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