Tesla Model S Plaid beats Nurburgring record
Tesla has surpassed its own record for electric production cars around the iconic Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit
A time of 7:25.231 for a full lap of the Nordschleife beats its own record for EV production cars by 10 seconds. During the 12.9-mile lap, the Model S Plaid reached speeds of 179mph.
Tesla claims the lap is an official record and an onboard camera shows there’s a bucket seat for the driver plus roll cage, but other than that it looks like the standard car. The choice of steering wheel was the traditional wheel rather than a yoke-style version.
The Model S Plaid is powered by a three-motor system delivering a total of 1,006bhp, 1,420Nm of torque and a claimed 1.99-second 0-62mph time. The American EV manufacturer also claims a 396-mile range for its top-spec saloon, and that the innovative all-wheel-drive powertrain can maintain peak power supply all the way to its 200mph top speed.
Torque vectoring comes as part of the Model S Plaid’s three-motor set-up, which helps to improve the car’s handling; a way to mitigate the heavier kerb weight of powerful EVs caused by their larger batteries.
As part of a new ‘Track Package’, the Model S Plaid was fitted with forged aluminium 20-inch wheels, carbon ceramic brakes and performance tyres. Tesla has stopped production of right-hand drive Model S Plaids so the four-door saloon is only available to order from LHD stock in the UK.
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