The new record is 7 minutes 25 seconds
The Tesla Model S Plaid, equipped with the Track package, has set a new lap time record at the famous Nürburgring race track among mass-produced electric vehicles.
The Nürburgring has been a battlefield for Tesla and Porsche for the last few years. After Porsche set a new record with the Taycan electric car, Tesla CEO Elon Musk decided to return the crown to the company. Tesla began testing early Model S Plaid prototypes and posted impressive lap times. However, the release of the car was delayed by almost two years.
In 2021, Tesla brought its then brand new production version of the Model S Plaid to the Nürburgring and broke the Porsche record with a lap time of 7:35.579.
Tesla triumphantly regained the crown of the leader
A year later, Porsche regained the title of fastest production car with the Taycan Turbo S, which completed a lap two seconds faster than the Model S Plaid.
While technically a production car, Porsche fitted the Taycan Turbo S with a very specific “performance package” that helped it achieve this record. Tesla was expected to be able to surpass it when its own “Track package” became available.
As a result, Tesla not only broke the Porsche record, but also improved it by 8 seconds.