Tesla Model S Plaid set a new world record for mass-produced electric vehicles by completing a lap at the Nürburgring in a time of 7:25.231. The car broke the record of the previous leader Porsche Taycan Turbo S with the Performance Kit.
In September 2021, Tesla Model S Plaid had set the official record for a mass-produced EV on the Nürburgring in Germany. It was a car that rolled off the assembly line and did not have any additional improvements. A little less than one year after that, his record was broken by the Porsche Taycan Turbo S with the Performance Kit. Clearly, Porsche's lead could not last long, as Elon Musk said back in 2021 that Tesla would continue to work to improve Nürburgring times to less than 7 minutes.
Now the competition for fastest production EV on the Nürburgring is even more exciting as Tesla has made improvements to its Model S Plaid. The company said on Saturday that its Tesla Model S Plaid with Track Pack was able to set a new lap record for a production electric car at the Nürburgring with a time of 7:25.231. This means that the car again has taken the lead.
In addition to the announcement, Tesla also shared a video of Model S Plaid running with the Track Pack. It shows the electric sedan hitting 179.58 mph in some sections of the track. You can also see how the brakes work perfectly before turns.
Beat previous record by >8 seconds! pic.twitter.com/BLtZV9WGYM— Tesla (@Tesla) June 3, 2023
Tesla Model S with the Track Pack completed the lap in 7:25.231, surpassing the previous record by more than 10 seconds. In 2021, Model S Plaid completed the lap in 7:35.579. It is also over 8 seconds faster than the 7:33.350 record set by the Porsche Taycan Turbo S with the Performance Kit in 2021.
Tesla Track Pack for Model S Plaid was presented by the manufacturer in early May. The package includes a massive upgrade to the vehicle's braking system. The upgraded calipers and rotors are designed to take on the incredible heat and stopping power required on the track. These include two six-piston front calipers, two four-piston rear calipers, a complete set of performance brake pads, two 40mm front carbon ceramic rotors, two 38mm rear rotors, and track-ready brake fluid.
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