Watch Tesla's Model S set a record lap at Laguna Seca

Elon Musk Backtracks Model S 'Ring Run After Nurburgring Officials Say, “Tesla, Who?”

Elon Musk Backtracks Model S 'Ring Run After Nurburgring Officials Say, “Tesla, Who?”

Tesla is preparing a Model S to try and break the record for electric four-door cars at the famous Nürburgring track in Germany - the same record that Porsche's electric Taycan broke a few weeks ago with a 7 minute 42 second time. That said, Tesla-and Elon Musk in particular-really need to stop making random promises with the latest concerning a supposed Nurburgring Record Lap.

The Laguna Seca lap is just a warm-up for the real thing. He promised a video was coming in the next day. " The power of the new power train was demonstrated at Laguna Seca Elon Musk where the Model S set a new record for fastest 4 door ever". On the surface, Tesla has indeed set a faster time - but dig a little deeper and it's clear that Jaguar still holds the record for a sedan. Rubber has been reported to be Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, which are among the more track-focused performance tyres for road cars.

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Given the Plaid drivetrain is not available to consumers, and given Tesla has not clarified other details like suspension and tires, it's impossible to call this lap time any kind of record. There also appears to be a '+' added to the P100D badge on the car's bootlid, though it remains to be seen if this will translate into an actual production variant. But is it impressive?

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