Past Tesletter articles
This isn’t an official time, but if it’s true, it’s pretty impresive. For context, the 7:20 time is 20 seconds faster than the Taycan, the fastest 4-door EV at Nürburgring. But this isn’t only about EVs, at 7:20 the Tesla Model S would be 15 seconds faster than the 2019 BMW M5 and 5 seconds faster than the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT, and could take the title of the fastest 4-door sedan at Nürburgring when they do an official timed lap.
In the same tweet, Tesla announced that they will be coming back at Nürburgring next month and they believe they can achieve 7:05. Take a look at the initial Model S data on the track:
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #78
With the release of the new Porche Taycan, Porsche announced a new record for a four-door, all-electric sports car on the Nürburgring race track. A few days later, Elon announced on Twitter that Tesla is sending a Model S to the circuit «next week» (which is now this week). What we know so far is that Tesla will be running on an open track day, which means they can’t even try to beat Porche’s new record. If you ask me, this seems smart since trying to beat Porche’s record on a track that Porche uses all the time is probably not a great idea. People criticize when Elon shares this things on Twitter but something great that came out of it is that F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg volunteered to drive for Tesla at Nürburgring, amezeballs!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #76
This was the author’s best time of the day with 11.813 at 119.27 mph.
A prototype of the Model S with a Plaid powertrain and a new chasis lapped Laguna Seca in 1:36:555, one second faster than the previous record for a four-door sedan. According to Elon, the Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production and applies to S, X, and Roadster (not to 3 or Y) and will be more expensive than the current Ludicrous option.
The name Plaid comes from the movie Spaceballs, because the only thing faster than Ludicrous is Plaid.
*~ Some personal news ~*— Tesla (@Tesla) September 12, 2019
We lapped Laguna Seca @WeatherTechRcwy in 1:36.555 during advanced R&D testing of our Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype
(That’s a second faster than the record for a four-door sedan) pic.twitter.com/OriccK4KCZ