Tesla Model S Plaid prototypes appeared regularly at the Nurburgring during development back in 2019, and now the electric car is back, which could mean preparations for a potential record attempt.
Delivery of the Model S Plaid to customers began in early June, and it is possible that the version currently being tested on the racetrack is a production version, although heavy toning obscures the interior, parts of which the car may have lost in favor of lower weight. But we can discern the roll cage.
During development in 2019, Tesla calculated that its fastest model would be able to complete a lap in 7:20 am fairly easily, while 7:05 am was quite possible. However, the company completed testing without publishing any numbers.
A time like this will easily eclipse the 7:42 lap set by the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S, currently a record for a production electric car. If Tesla is accurate in its numbers, the Model S Plaid could even set the lap record for a four-door production car, currently 7: 18.361, set by the 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 in 2019.
The Model S Plaid certainly has many benefits. Firstly, it is one of the most powerful cars in the world thanks to the three-engine power unit, which generates a total of 1,020 hp. According to Tesla, it also accelerates to 100 km / h in just 1.99 seconds, covers a quarter mile in 9.23 seconds and reaches a top speed of 320 km / h. These first two numbers are world records for production vehicles.