There isn't a Nurburgring lap that's a dull watch, from breaking 10 minutes in a Citroen AX diesel to little more than half that in a Porsche 919. That's definitely still true for the latest 'ring record chaser, too, as the 1,020hp Tesla Model S Plaid has set a 7:35.579 lap. And that's fast, whatever fuel is providing the power, and especially so for a car almost 10 years old and on the wrong side of two tonnes.
Irrespective of that, it's a staggering lap. The speed is just never ending; we're used to EVs rocketing up to a certain speed and the acceleration tailing off, but the Plaid just never lets up. See the haul from Hatzenbach to Flugplatz, where the speedo just flicks over 230kph (143mph); it's perhaps slower through there than we've seen some record breakers, before then trucking on to 265kph (165mph) before Schwedenkreuz. And then a rather unsettling correction mid-corner, which the yoke wheel doesn't look ideal for...
In defence of the much-maligned wheel, it doesn't seem to cause many more difficulties elsewhere, even in the slower sections and even with a lot of inputs being made. It may well still take some getting used to - parking could be tricky - but the yoke can manage a lap of the Nordschleife without too much drama. Which is far more important.
The Plaid's is a new soundtrack for a Nordschleife lap, too. There have been electric records before, of course, though never one with so much tyre squeal - the rubber really is working hard against this much power and mass. A lack of engine noise means every creak and rattle inside the car can be heard, too; not as emotive as an engine, but worth listening out for.
So that's the Tesla Model S Plaid, faster - in this case of this specific car, at least - than a Cayenne Turbo GT or an Audi RS3. Another big news story in a pretty significant week for EVs. Let's hope that Nurburgring verification is along soon.