It’s quite interesting that a car introduced just over nine years ago is aiming for a new lap record for the fastest production four-door electric vehicle at the Nürburgring. Admittedly, this Model S is far from the original 2012 version of the all-electric sedan since it is the high-performance Plaid whose deliveries to customers began only a few weeks ago.
Riding on the optional 21-inch Arachnid wheels, this seemingly original S Plaid model was spotted by our spy photographers en route to Green Hell. You can’t really see what’s going on inside the cockpit, but from certain angles it feels like there was a roll bar. This is quite common for prototypes that train at the “Ring” gym.
It should be noted that the same prototype was filmed in September 2019 with an identical “BIT 0679” license plate. It ran on different wheels and had a provisional rear spoiler as well as the pre-Refresh styling of the Model S. According to our trusted spies, the test vehicle is now running on sticky Michelin tires, which will certainly help improve the ride. lap time though Tesla is indeed considering another record attempt.
In February 2021, big boss Elon Musk joined the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and revealed his intention to return to the Nürburgring and achieve a lap time of seven minutes. He went on to say that the Model S Plaid equipped with “new upgrades could waste seven minutes on the Nürburgring, which would be a pretty nasty act in itself.”
An unofficial lap time of 7 minutes and 13 seconds was reportedly recorded in November 2019, so there is reason to believe the Model S Plaid may dethrone the Porsche Taycan (7:42) as a four-door electric vehicle. the fastest on the Ring. However, we are sure that the folks at Zuffenhausen are not resting on their laurels, especially since the current record was set with the Turbo, and not the flagship Turbo S. The German sedan’s product manager, Lukas Kramer said that Porsche’s first electric vehicle could go even faster around the famous track.
As AMG prepares spicy versions of the EQS and the smaller (presumably lighter) EQE sedan, the battle for the fastest four-door car without a Nordschleife combustion engine intensifies. Whether those records really matter in the end is another story …