A gloating Elon Musk shared the news on Twitter.
Ever since the Tesla Model S Plaid arrived on the scene, the talk has been all about how many speed records this blisteringly quick electric sedan would break. We know it's monstrously quick in a straight line, as demonstrated by Jay Leno's quarter-mile record of 9.24 seconds in the Plaid, but could it dominate as effectively on the iconic Nurburgring? According to Elon Musk, the answer is an unequivocal yes. The Tesla boss has shared the news that the Plaid has just set an official record for production electric cars around the Ring.
Musk's tweet featured two times, one of 7:30.909 and another of 7:35.579. There are two Nurburgring circuit configurations, one being 12.8 miles long and the other 12.94 miles, possibly explaining the two different times. It could also be that the Tesla completed two laps on the same course, with a subsequent loss in power slightly reducing the time. Whichever way you look at it, the time of 7:30.909 is incredibly quick and quite easily eclipses the previous four-door electric sedan record set by the Porsche Taycan Turbo, which managed a time of 7:42.3 in 2019. That means the Plaid was faster by just shy of 12 seconds. Then again, the Plaid is far more powerful and that wasn't the full-fat Taycan Turbo S.
Some have claimed that this record-setting Plaid was modified, pointing to an aftermarket dashboard that's visible in the video, but Musk clearly stated that it was "completely unmodified, directly from [the] factory." He then went on to say that the next goal is to use a modified Plaid with carbon brakes, track tires, and additional aero surfaces. One can only imagine how quick that would be. Of course, the Plaid isn't as fast as some gas-powered cars with the likes of the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S both being quicker. But it's an astonishing achievement for a four-door electric sedan that you can buy straight from the factory.