Tesla’s Model S Plaid is brutally fast in a straight line, as everyone already knows, but now it’s confirmed to be brutally fast around corners too. Elon Musk tweeted late last week that an “unmodified” Model S Plaid has set a new record around the Nurburgring for production electric cars, later confirmed by the ‘Ring itself.
The car was driven by Swedish racing driver Andreas Simonsen and set a top speed of 279kmh on its way to a lap time of 7:35.579, some seven seconds faster than its main rival, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
Which sort of makes sense, considering the Tesla makes 760kW/1423Nm. Compare that to the Turbo S’ output of 560kW/1050Nm.
Still, the Taycan was generally regarded as the better handling of the two electric four-doors so Tesla beating it on its home ground is certainly an achievement.
Interestingly, going by the video posted to the official Nurburgring channel, it seems like the driver lifts off the throttle at the end of some straightaways.
Whether this is to conserve battery power or keep the factory-spec brakes from overheating is unclear, but considering the car weighs around 2.5 tonnes, it wouldn’t be surprising to encounter brake fade.
Musk later tweeted that a modified Model S Plaid would be unleashed upon the Green Hell, with “added aero surfaces, carbon brakes and track tyres.”
He also stated that an over-the-air software update with track-oriented settings and “waypoints and other things” for the Model S is “probably a few weeks away.”
Now, if Rimac could just wander down and let its Nevera loose for a few timed laps…