- an observer at the nürburgring nordeschleife has apparently captured hand-timed lap of the tesla model s that's 20 seconds faster than that of the porsche taycan.
- the two 'ring model ss wear flared fenders, hyper-aggressive tires, a big rear spoiler and "p100d +" badges.
- with some suggestion that porsche might have another card up its sleeve, it's clear we haven't heard the last of this grudge match yet.
the tesla-versus-porsche saga continues, with the unsubstantiated claim that a specially prepared model s has clocked a lap of the nürburgring nordschleife almost 20 seconds faster than the porsche taycan’s feat of 7:42.
german magazine auto motor und sport says it’s spoken with someone who hand-timed a lap of the model s at the ‘ring at a blistering 7:23. so far, there’s been no twitter-based boast from one mr. musk on the issue.
the two model ss at the ‘ring are clearly not like ones that you can currently buy. their wheel wells bulge to contain huge wheels and tires. oh, and those tires, according to snapshots from the track, appear to be hyper-aggressive michelin pilot sport cup 2 rs. the car also wears what appears to be a hastily applied plastic extension to the model s’s modest rear spoiler. their badges read “model s p100d +” and are widely assumed to be running a three-motor system (two motors on the rear axle) in place of the standard car’s single front and single rear motors. this looks very much like cheating. and it may well be. on the other hand, there are no rules to this particular game, since there is no sanctioning body to police such matters.
elon musk says that tesla will offer such a configuration, called "plaid," for the general public next year. if so, it might be fair to call whatever official lap time results from this a production-car record. seems pretty unlikely, though, that many tesla buyers would opt for the barely-road-legal track tires fitted to the test car.
it’s worth noting that technically porsche ran its taycan lap before that model was even unveiled. it wore camouflage during its record run. porsche now says that the record-setting taycan was actually a turbo model and the not the turbo s model that a porsche spokesperson said it was. so is it possible that porsche might have an even faster time in its pocket.
auto motor und sport also reports that tesla has enlisted the services of two sports-car racing pros, thomas mutsch and andreas simonsen, along with swedish driver carl rydquist to do the driving duties. tesla apparently turned down one-time formula 1 world champion and burgeoning internet troll, nico rosberg, who publicly offered to run the ‘ring laps.