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Tesla has confirmed that the new Model S Plaid prototype is making the previously reported ~7:20 time at the Nurburgring racetrack, and the automaker sees an incredible 7:05 as achievable next month.
Last week, he said that Tesla would bring a Model S to the Nurburgring race track — right after Porsche established a new 4-door electric car record at the track.
However, in the following days, Tesla announced a Model S with a 3-motor “Plaid powertrain" and new a “chassis prototype."
Musk also said that Tesla has a new 7-seater Model S prototype at the Nurburgring racetrack, and it seems like the track testing could simply be about testing new versions of Tesla’s Model S and the new 3-motor “Plaid Powertrain" instead of going after the Taycan.
However, it was reported earlier this week that the Tesla “Plaid" Model S prototype crushed Porsche Taycan’s Nurburgring time, according to a witness at the track.
The witness calculated that the Model S beat the Porsche Taycan by about 20 seconds with a 7:23 time.
Now Tesla confirmed that its own data shows that the “Model S Plaid" can achieve a 7:20 time.
Tesla probably cannot say that it “achieved" the record time because Nurburgring doesn’t allow official times outside of specific racing sessions.
But more surprisingly, the automaker says that it plans to return to the track next month, and they see the potential for an impressive 7:05 time.
Data from our track tests indicates that Model S Plaid can achieve 7:20 at the Nurburgring.
With some improvements, 7:05 may be possible when Model S returns next month.
— Tesla (@Tesla) September 19, 2019