The Model S Plaid has reportedly beaten the Taycan's lap time.
Last month, a modified Tesla Model S was caught being thrashed around the Nurburgring attempting to beat the fastest four-door EV lap record set by the Porsche Taycan. If you need a recap, the time set by the Taycan to beat is seven minutes and 42 seconds. Reports claimed the Model S posted a time of seven minutes and 23 seconds, beating the Taycan's lap time by nearly 20 seconds.
Since then, Porsche confirmed it was the Porsche Taycan Turbo that set the record lap, not the more powerful Taycan Turbo S, which suggests the Taycan could set an even faster time. Not wanting to be beaten, Tesla made further modifications to the Model S and returned to the Nurburgring with not one but two prototypes.
The modifications appear to have been successful because the Model S has reportedly set an even faster lap time.
According to Auto Motor und Sport, the modified Tesla Model S posted a time of seven minutes and 13 seconds – that's 29 seconds faster than the Porsche Taycan, which is very impressive, although Tesla claims it will be capable of conquering the Nurburgring in seven minutes and five seconds. This time isn't official yet, however, so we're still waiting for Tesla to confirm it.
As we saw in recent spy shots, Tesla has modified the electric sedan with wider fenders, a large front grille grille, and a rear spoiler, along with wider HRE wheels wrapped in sticky tires and housing carbon-ceramic brakes. The more recent prototypes were also fitted with air outlets on the front fenders and a massive rear diffusor.
As for the powertrain, the Model S prototypes were fitted with a new 'Plaid' setup with three electric motors instead of two. While the prototype clearly isn't stock, the Plaid prototype will eventually be offered in the Model S, Model X, and Roadster.