This will put a dent in the Tesla Vs. Porsche narrative.
The original drama centered around Tesla heading straight to Europe after Porsche's all-electric Taycan set a time on the benchmarking race track. Tesla ultimately left the track with a bunch of new performance data, but without an "official" lap time. As promised though, Tesla has taken its two Model S testing variants back to the Germany for another round of testing, possibly with the secondary aim of posting a confirmed lap time.
Unfortunately, the German publication Auto Motor Sport is reporting that the red Model S with the new Plaid drivetrain has crashed. There are pictures or video available of the crash, but reports are that it went into the guard rail.
According to Auto Motor Sport, Thomas Mutsch was driving the car in damp conditions when he lost control. Tesla haters will no doubt point and laugh, but the reality is that these things happen. The car is being tested for performance using prototype parts, and the Nurburgring is an unforgiving testbed in the best conditions. There are also reports coming through that the Nurburging has claimed a BMW test car this week as well.
As for the cars, the red one looks like it was the tamer car, and more likely the one aimed at becoming the production model.
The blue Model S has become even wilder looking since the video footage above was taken by gaining a substantial rear wing. According to Auto Motor Sport, an onlooker said: "The thing is damn fast, [it's] more like a racing car and has nothing more to do with a production model". Indeed, it's starting to look like Tesla could be preparing to go for a non-production car record at the Nurburgring before the Roadster even turns a wheel in anger.
With no word on how much damage the red Model S Plaid took of any injuries possibly sustained, we can only hope, for now, that Mutsch wasn't hurt.