Tesla Model S Plaid Breaks Nurburgring Lap Record for EVs | MotorBiscuit

Those who said a factory Tesla can’t drive on a race track are about to eat crow. Not only can a Tesla sustain a lap around the fabled Nurburgring, but it can do it faster than any other production electric vehicle. Video footage of the lap was released showing a driver in full racing attire wrestle the Plaid beast around the ‘Ring’s many corners and straightaways. Without engine noise and without other cars on track, it’s unlike any other lap of the circuit ever seen. Move over Porsche Taycan Turbo, there’s a new EV to beat.

What is the Nurburgring?

Nurburgring circuit, in Nurburg | Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Nurburgring Nordschleife is a 14-mile circuit that surrounds a small town called Nurburg, located in West Germany. It’s known as a platform for drivers to set lap records in production cars. Several events including Formula 1 compete on the smaller Grand Prix circuit, which is a 3-mile circuit attached to the southern end of the Nordschleife. The track is also famous for its inherent danger. Since its first race in 1925, the Nordschleife alone has claimed more than 60 lives, including spectators and race officials. 

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