Tesla decided to beat Porsche twice at the Nurburgring. But she will have to trySeptember 20, 2019
Tesla has confirmed that the Model S with the new powerplant is able to drive the Nurburgring in 7 minutes 20 seconds, which is 22 seconds faster than the Porsche Taycan Turbo. Next month, the liftback will try to achieve a result of 7 minutes and five seconds, that is, drive a circle at the level of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro.
The Model S test runs at the Nurburgring began immediately after the official presentation of the Porsche Taycan. However, Tesla does not use the serial Performance – the most powerful and fastest version of the liftback to date – but a prototype with an experimental three-engine Plaid power plant and an upgraded chassis. According to the journalist Auto Motor und Sport, who was present during the test races a few days earlier, he manually detected the lap time and the stopwatch showed 7 minutes 23 seconds.
Eyewitnesses claim that both Tesla, driving around the Nurburgring, are half-dressed and have no interior at all: inside there is only a racing bucket and safety cage. In addition, judging by the pictures of cars, the stock brakes are replaced by massive carbon-ceramic.
Now Tesla has officially confirmed that the Model S is capable of driving the track in seven minutes 20 seconds, which is 22 seconds faster than the Porsche Taycan. At the same time, the power of the new power plant remains unknown, while the Taycan Turbo, which set the North Loop record in August, is equipped with two electric motors with a total output of 680 forces. Telemetry data may give some hint, which indicates that Tesla developed 500 kilowatts on direct lines, that is, the same 680 forces.
After a month, the American manufacturer of electric cars will try to improve the achievement and show the result of seven minutes and five seconds. To do this, you need to make “some improvements” to the design of the electric car. During this time, in 2018, the 520-horsepower Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the track-oriented 577-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro drove the track. From non-serial cars for 7: 05.12, the Nurburgring drove the NIO EP9 (1360 forces), but the race took place on a wet track.
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