Porsche recently announced its new electric car, Porsche Taycan. During their presentation, they revealed that they set the record for a sedan 4-door tram on the legendary Nurburgring track in Germany. As expected, it didn't take long for Elon Musk to start another "soap opera" on Twitter.
The Tesla CEO congratulated Porsche, but then stated that he would soon break this record with a Tesla Model S. Musk has long been keen to ensure that Tesla cars are seen as the safest, cheapest and most economical. also potent. This little 'competition' is further proof of that.
Tesla Model S (allegedly) managed to take 20 seconds off Porsche Taycan record
According to the latest information published by "Auto Motor und Sport", the Tesla Model S "Plaid Mode" has achieved an approximate (hand-timed) time of 7.23 minutes. Compared to Porsche Taycan's 7.42 minutes, this is an impressive result.
However, there are several factors that will certainly cause controversy, regardless of the result achieved by Tesla. While the Porsche Taycan used to set the record was a pre-production model with commercial tires, the same cannot be said of the Tesla Model S used.
The unit being used for testing at Nurburgring is a prototype model which, in addition to having a modified chassis, also has "Plaid powertrain" and racing tires. These three elements mean that the time obtained cannot be directly compared with that of Porsche, as it is not a car accessible to any customer.
However, Elon Musk has already confirmed that all this news will be available as early as 2020. If it turns out, the results may have a bit more relevance, but racing tires continue to play a key role in the results.
What is this "Plaid Mode"?
Tesla Model S is available in two models, "Long Range" and "Performance". While the former has a greater focus on battery economy and increased battery life, the latter focuses on offering major improvements in start-up speed. Without any extra, this model promises a speed of only 2.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h.
In addition, it has integrated the "Ludicrous Mode", which turns the Model S into a true acceleration monster. At its heart, "Plaid Mode" is a 2.0 version of this mode, taking the car's capabilities to a much higher level. First tested on the Tesla Roadster prototype, it promises to reach 100km / h in just 1.9 seconds.
With an acceleration level of this caliber, it is not surprising that we see the Nurburgring training results put this model side by side with the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS and the Ferrari 488 GTB.
Although it has not been officially confirmed, rumors indicate that Tesla may have a slot to hold an official lap next week.
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