Tesla's Nurburgring times: Plaid sets EV record

September 10, 2021

By Nuno C.

Tesla and Porsche have been going head to head to see who can set the fastest lap time at the famous Nurburgring track. Up until yesterday Porsche owned the record for the fastest lap for a production electric vehicle. Tesla has now come in with a stock Model S Plaid and beat Porchese's time with a 7:30.909 lap time.

Tesla Model S Plaid at Nurburgring in 2021

This puts Tesla back on top, beating Porsche's previous time of 7:42.34. Elon says that Tesla will next attempt a lap with a modified version of the Plaid. It will contain added aero surfaces, carbon brakes and track tires according to Musk. 

While Nurburgring lap times are somewhat meaningless, what they do is let the world know that electric vehicles aren't just for those environmentally conscious, they're some of the fastest, lowest maintenance vehicles in the world. All while being more environmentally friendly and cheaper to run.

Porsche still has to race their faster Taycan, the Turbo S at Nurburgring, so we will see how that compares to the Plaid's current record. We may see the record go back and forth a couple more times.

Car Time Date
Tesla Model S Plaid 7:30.909 September 2021
Porsche Taycan Turbo 7:42.34 August 2019
Tesla Model S P85D 8:50 2015
Tesla Model 3 Performance 9:00 2019

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