Tesla beats Porsche to reclaim ’Ring record
A Tesla Model S Plaid equipped with its new Track package has lapped the Nürburgring Nordshleife in seven minutes, 25.231 seconds to claim a new EV record.
Green car honors at the Green Hell have been passing between the US company and its German rival Porsche ever since a Taycan toured the circuit in seven minutes and 42 seconds in 2019. Tesla took its Model S Plaid to Germany in 2021, knocking almost seven seconds out of the Taycan time, then Porsche returned in 2022, tweaking the Taycan Turbos S with a performance kit to help deliver a lap time of seven minutes and 33 seconds, or just over two seconds ahead of Tesla.
Beat previous record by >8 seconds! pic.twitter.com/BLtZV9WGYM
— Tesla (@Tesla) June 3, 2023
Now Tesla has turned the tables once again. Fitted with its Track package, comprised of forged aluminum wheels with uprated Goodyear Supercar 3R tires, and carbon-silicon carbide disc brakes, with six-piston front, and four-piston rear calipers, plus software tweaks, the Model S Plaid ran rings around Porsche, with a sizeable eight-second improvement.
The Track package also gives the Model S Plaid a top speed north of 200 mph for the first time, now that it has the stopping power to cope. “Designed for the ultimate track experience, the Model S Plaid Track Package delivers high-speed stability, maximum cornering force and repeatable stopping power during high-performance driving while unlocking a top speed of 200 mph,” says Tesla.
We’re sure it won’t be long before Porsche fights back, but in the meantime, Elon and Tesla are celebrating. On Twitter of course.