The interesting developments taking place after Tesla Model S breaking Porsche Taycan’s Nürburgring lap time
A lot has been happening since Porsche took their recently unveiled fully electric Taycan sports sedan prototype to the famous Nürburgring race track in Germany, the powerful Taycan set a new record lap time of 7:42 min at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife which is 20.8 km (12.9 mi) long.
This almost seemed like a thing that Elon Musk took seriously and self-imposed a responsibility to break the Porsche Taycan lap time at the notorious race track aka ‘the ring’ as car enthusiasts want to call it.
But suddenly out of the blue Elon Musk announced that Tesla had already been working on a 3- motor prototype powertrain named ‘Plaid’, this prototype Model S conquered the Laguna Seca in the next few days to set a new record for a 4-door sedan.
Factually, the prototype Tesla Model S Plaid hasn’t yet ‘officially’ broken the Nürburgring-Nordschleife lap time of the Porsche Taycan, therefore the Model S hasn’t yet made it to the official list of the winners at on Nürburgring website.
The report of the record-breaking lap came from paparazzi auto journalists from a local German magazine and Autoevolution.com who published the following footage of the prototype Model S in the process of R&D and testing.
When our friends at Teslarati posted this update, Elon Musk personally replied that this is just a start!
Beating a car like Porsche Taycan on this race track with a ~20 secs margin is big news and it has since spread as such but actually Tesla is still working to achieve this performance and make it to the official chart.
At the time of this writing, Tesla’s official twitter account just posted a picture of the Prototype Tesla Model S (the blue one) getting charged at a special Supercharger that the automaker has installed at the Nurburgring, means there’s a lot of work still needs to be done.
On the other hand, Porsche has still some tricks left up their sleeve, the Porsche CEO just announced via CarAndDriver that the Taycan prototype they used at the Nurburgring was a simpler ‘Turbo’ variant, not the fully loaded ‘Turbo S’ one — tada!
Reportedly Tesla has the Nurburgring track reserved to themselves for today, Saturday and next Wednesday, this should be enough for breaking the Taycan record, the testing at with the Model S Plaid is already intense, the 3-motor version can perform some maneuvers for sure and the handling looks far more superior than the dual-motor performance Model S!
All in all, this is getting interesting with the passing moment, let’s see if there is something official comes out from today’s attempt at the record, Good Luck Tesla!