9/20/2019

Tesla Targets Porsche Taycan’s ’Ring Record

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CEO Elon Musk claims the three-motor version of Tesla Inc.’s latest Model S will outrun a Porsche Taycan on Germany’s Nurburgring track.

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CEO Elon Musk claims the three-motor version of Tesla Inc.’s latest Model S will outrun a Porsche Taycan on Germany’s Nurburgring track.

Porsche set a record lap time of 7 minutes and 42 seconds for electric sedans last month on the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife.

Based on previous testing at the track, Tesla says a Model S with the new “Plaid” performance powertrain will cover the same 12.9-mile circuit in 7:20. The company also predicts that unspecified modifications could trim another 15 seconds off the time.

Porsche notes that it set the mark with a Taycan Turbo, not the more powerful Turbo S variant. Tesla plans to attempt to break the record sometime next month.

Porsche’s 919 Evo hybrid-electric race car holds the overall record at the ’Ring with a lap time of 5:20. The fastest production car on the ‘Ring is the 911 GT2 RS, with a time of 6:40.