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Scared of losing out on the current buzz around EV sports cars, Elon Musk has made the decision to send a modified Tesla Model S to the Nurburgring to set some records, knowing full well that Porsche is testing its new EV, the Taycan Turbo. Porsche managed to set a record time of 7 minutes and 42 seconds in a pre-production Taycan, which Musk has vowed to surpass in his Model S P100D in the near future.
What Musk doesn't want published in the papers is the fact that the Model S and Taycan spent some time together on the ring, which ended up with the Porsche flying past a broken down Tesla not once, but twice. EV Defender caught the priceless footage of the Model S being hauled onto a flatbed truck as the Porsche flies past. If a car could look smug, it would look like that Taycan.
Elon Musk is well known for talking a big game, especially after his recent claims that a Model S prototype smashed the four door sedan record at Laguna Seca, even though officials there denied the claim, as there were no track representatives present at the time of the claimed record run.
The Teslas spotted in Germany have clearly been altered with some serious aero work to the body, a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport RS tires and whispers of increased power. One unconfirmed source even claimed that Tesla had stripped out the interior as a weight-saving measure.
Spies observing the performance of both the Porsche and Tesla have claimed that the Tesla could be as much as 20 seconds faster around the track, although the car used by Porsche used to set the official record was a Taycan Turbo, and not the Turbo S, which means team Germany still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Despite all the speculation, what Porsche has managed to prove is that it can build a record-setting EV sports car that is able to lay down fast lap times consistently. Elon can talk the talk, but will his Model S manage to walk at all?