There is a new leader among electric cars in terms of speed. The record run belongs to the most powerful version of the Tesla Model S Plaid.
Elon Musk said that the production Tesla Model S Plaid passed the Nürburgring in 7:30 909. Tesla first began testing the Model S Plaid on the famous German track two years ago, and has now published the official lap times. A photo posted by Musk on Twitter shows the times 7:30.909 and 7:35.579.
Most likely, the 7: 30.909 lap was set on a track configuration of 20.6 km, and the electric car showed the second time at a longer distance of 20.832 km. 7: 30.909 around the shorter Nürburgring circuit breaks the EV sedan record of the Porsche Taycan Turbo, which broke it in 2019 in 7: 42.3.
Tesla Model S Plaid just set official world speed record for a production electric car at Nurburgring. Completely unmodified, directly from factory. pic.twitter.com/AaiFtfW5Ht
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 9, 2021
We won’t be surprised if Porsche returns with the more powerful Taycan Turbo S to reclaim the lead.
Among the sedans with internal combustion engines, there are models that performed better than the Tesla Model S Plaid.
These are Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S with 7: 23.009 at a distance of 20.6 km and Jaguar XE SV Project 8 with 7: 18.361.
Last year, the Porsche Panamera Turbo also covered the distance of 20.8 km in 7: 29.81. The two fastest EVs ever to cross the track are the Volkswagen ID.R at 6: 05.336 (20.8 km) and the NIO EP9 at 6: 45.90 (20.8 km).
Musk said the S Plaid model used for the record mileage came straight from the factory and did not go through additional tuning.