The Tesla Model S Plaid has taken the record of return to the north loop of the Nürburgring for electric cars as standard, as stated today in Twitter your CEO, Elon Musk. It marked a time of 7 minutes 30 seconds 909.
If true, I would Model S Plaid, which uses three motors to 1.020 CV y 1.423 Nm from, out 11,431 seconds faster than the next fastest electric vehicle to make a lap of the Nürburgring, the Porsche Taycan Turbo of 616 CV and two engines.
Elon Musk claimed on Twitter that the car used was “completely unmodified, straight from the factory.” And also, the pilot who managed the time – it is not known who he is, by the way – did it with the controversial steering wheel-rudder.
It is worth mentioning that the most powerful 750hp Taycan Turbo S has yet to hit the famous track. However, that is probably a moot point, since the Rimac Fridge The 1,914hp quad engine is probably much faster on the ‘Ring than all of them.
In the Twitter thread, Musk went on to say that the next step for the Plaid will be to rerun the famous track in a modified version, with additional aerodynamic elements, carbo-ceramic brakes and competition tires or semi-slicks. Elements that any workshop could add.
He also claimed that there would be a software update for a track-oriented set-up and the introduction of “waypoints and stuff” for the Model S within a few weeks. And he added “I know, I know” in a reference to the company’s known delays in meeting the launch and sale dates that he marks himself.
The unknown of waypoints
Track software update probably a few weeks away (I know, I know haha). Also waypoints & other things.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 9, 2021
But the most striking thing is the need to introduce in the software waypoints (coordenadas GPS) in order to improve the record. In Tesla, you don’t trust your pilot? Would they serve to modify the steering ratio in certain curves because of the steering wheel? Are they going to try it in autonomous driving?
To be honest, the Nürburgring lap records are nothing more than a marketing tool and do not necessarily reflect the potential of the car, but also that of the driver.
For example, in the category of four-door cars, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 (7: 23.164 in a test conducted by Jaguar) and the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4Matic+ 4Door (7: 23.009 in a test conducted by Mercedes but timed independently) are faster. Both models with enormous powers to their credit. But so could a BMW M3 E36 modified from only 321 hp.
Thus, a lap made without the intervention of the pilot and solely by the car, would allow Tesla to bring out its system of autonomous driving, the performance of your car and say that the time of the other brands is due to the drivers and not to the potential of the cars.
We will know more in a few weeks. Or not.