The Tesla Model S Plaid has set an EV record at the Nürburgring

By topgear, 12 September 2021

Big news in the world of EVs, and predictably it’s come straight from the Twitter account of Elon Musk.

The Tesla boss has announced that a Model S Plaid has claimed the lap record for production electric cars at the Nürburgring, with a time of 7min 35.579sec.

Check it out for yourself in the video above if you’re a fan of tyre squeal. That time makes the Plaid (complete with that controversial yoke steering ‘wheel’) around seven seconds quicker than a Porsche Taycan. Impressive.

It’s still a way off the 6min 45.9sec time set by Chinese electric car maker NIO with its EP9 EV supercar, although it would seem that NIO won’t produce its road-legal car in great enough numbers to claim a standard-spec production record.

“Tesla Model S Plaid just set official world speed record for a production electric car at Nürburgring. Completely unmodified, directly from factory,” said Musk on Twitter.

“Next will be modified Plaid with added aero surfaces, carbon brakes & track tires (all things that can be done without Tesla being in the loop).”

Thoughts, Internet?

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