Tesla says Taycan-defeating lap is possible...



UPDATE 20/09/2019:
Tesla has updated the speculation around its lap time at the Nurburgring with this Tweet, its data suggesting a 7:20 lap should be possible. And that's kind of it for now, although expect plenty more in due course...

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ORIGINAL STORY, 17/09/2019

Never in a million years, or for however long he might live, was Elon Musk going to allow Porsche simply to steal his EV saloon glory. Hence the Laguna Seca lap, and the recent emergence of pics showing a Model S at the Nurburgring, a pretty blatant riposte to the Taycan securing a 7:42 lap there. Tesla was going to have that record for themselves, thanks very much.

Now, the Model S is far from a natural track car, hence the modifications made to this one - it's lower than standard, and appears to have wider tracks as well. The most interesting change in that vain, though, is in the tyres, which look to be near-slick prototype Goodyears. Typically your 'ring record supercar will use the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R or the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R, so this could be considered an unexpected move. Moreover, they're believed to be the Eagle F1 Supersport RS tyres that aren't even yet on sale - no better way to announce new performance rubber than with a lap record.


What that record might be remains to be seen; our spy snapper suggests that Tesla will publish an official lap time by the end of this week - the week of the Porsche Taycan media launch, no less - but has timed it himself at 7:23, or 19 seconds faster than the Porsche. Now, of course, the word of a man stood by the side of the Nordschleife with his Casio can not be taken as gospel, as all manner of factors are at play. Imagine, though, if the Tesla could surpass the Taycan by such a margin - the Turbo S would have to become a GT2 RS sooner than we thought...

While there's still a lot of conjecture around just what a Model S is capable of at the Nurburgring, it's also clear there's not very long to wait for a definitive answer. We're told to expect a first attempt from drivers Thomas Mutsch, Andreas Simonsen and Carl Rydquist tomorrow evening in the industry pool session, followed up by a second at the weekend. Beating Porsche at the Nurburgring would be some way for Musk, the architect of so many industry-defying escapades, to steal the Taycan's thunder at launch - and who would bet against him wanting to do just that?



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  • Nightshade 17 Sep 2019

    7:23 is the same time as the Jaguar XE SV Project 8. Impressive.

  • dvs_dave 17 Sep 2019

    Quite remarkable if it turns out to be true, with virtually no development or testing time involved. I was expecting Tesla to have massive overheating problems as they always seem to have (earlier versions at least) whenever they’re pushed hard for any length of time. Ie beyond a few 1/4 mile party tricks.

    The innards must be very different to earlier versions as software tweaks can’t just suddenly make power electronics, batteries, and motors all of a sudden be able to handle prolonged track duty.

  • Pobsey 17 Sep 2019

    Will I be able to go into a Tesla dealership, sorry Tesla website and order a car that can do that ring time? That car looks far from a production Model S...

  • Dave Hedgehog 17 Sep 2019

    dvs_dave said:
    Quite remarkable if it turns out to be true, with virtually no development or testing time involved. I was expecting Tesla to have massive overheating problems as they always seem to have (earlier versions at least) whenever they’re pushed hard for any length of time. Ie beyond a few 1/4 mile party tricks.

    The innards must be very different to earlier versions as software tweaks can’t just suddenly make power electronics, batteries, and motors all of a sudden be able to handle prolonged track duty.
    i suspect its a roadster rollerskate with a model S body glued to it

    lovely colour

  • Jordan210 17 Sep 2019

    I assume the reason its fully blacked out including windscreen so you can see it has no interior and extra motors and so on ?

    I hope Telsa release the spec of the car. So we know how close to being a production car it is.

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