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Tesla Model S Plaid sets new EV record lap time at Nurburgring

  • Tesla sets new EV lap record at Nurburgring
  • Confirmation came from boss Elon Musk
  • Model S Plaid is new halo model as it’s ‘so good’

Time 9:28 am, September 11, 2021

Tesla has set a new production electric car lap record at the Nurburgring with its new Model S Plaid, according to a tweet from CEO Elon Musk.

The Tesla boss’s tweet shows the new model, a halo version of the Model S, set a lap time of 7 minutes 30.909 seconds around the notorious 12.8-mile ‘Green Hell’.

Averaging 103mph, this time eclipsed the previous quickest EV lap time – set by the Porsche Taycan Turbo in 2019 – by 12 seconds.

Musk said that the car was ‘completely unmodified’ though he added that another modified Plaid with ‘added aero surfaces, carbon brakes & track tires [sic]’ would also be used in an effort to cut the car’s lap time even further.

The Plaid is a high-performance version of Tesla’s Model S – its largest saloon car. Equipped with three electric motors and capable of achieving the 0-60mph sprint in ‘under 2 secs’ according to Musk.

A more powerful version – badged Plaid+ – was penned to bring 1,100bhp but has officially been cancelled.

In July, Musk tweeted ‘Plaid+ is canceled [sic]. No need, as Plaid is so good’.

You can watch the lap record in the video at the top of this story

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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