Tesla claims one track record, plans to go for another

A Tesla Model S wheel is on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto

A Tesla Model S wheel is on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto

It appears that Tesla is now getting serious about its Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record attempt, following the 7-minute, 42-second lap time set by a pre-production Porsche Taycan, which makes its the quickest four-door electric vehicle around the famed German circuit, according to Porsche.

CEO and founder Elon Musk announced that even before the Tesla Model S takes to the track at Nürburgring with Nico Rosberg behind the wheel, it had already set a new time for the 3.6 kilometre long Californian road racing mecca. If you want the ultimate Tesla in regards to performance, Plaid it is and you need to choose either Model S, Model X or Roadster.

Five days after Elon Musk announced he'd sent a Tesla Model S at the Nurburgring in an attempt to beat the Porsche Taycan's record lap time, we get the first solid confirmation that there is indeed a crew there preparing for the attempt.

This has since been further confirmed by Musk, who said that the EV maker already has a Model S on the ground in Germany and would not be trying for a lap record - yet.

Elon Musk says a video will be released shortly when we'll hopefully get to find out the lap time and also who was behind the wheel of the vehicle. In the meantime, the Model S picked up a record at a different track.

He also gave an update on the Nurburgring effort, saying a auto is being tested and tuned, but won't go for a lap time this week.

However, Road and Track reports that someone booked a surprise 30-minute private session at the track on september 21, suggesting Tesla or another automaker could be planning a record run.

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