Tesla Model S Plaid With Track Pack is Nurburgring’s Fastest EV
The Nurburgring has always been a battlefield for Mercedes-AMG, Porsche, BMW and Tesla over the last few years.
In case it slipped your mind, the revered circuit witnessed a record-breaking feat in 2022 with Porsche's 911 Taycan Turbo S. Driven by development driver Lars Kern, it clocked the fastest production car EV record with a lap time of 7:33 seconds.
Tesla has now claimed the same title with its Model S Plaid with the Track Package, which went around the 'Ring' in 7:25.2 seconds - 8.1 seconds faster than the Porsche 911 Taycan Turbo S.
The last time Tesla took the Model S Plaid to the Nurburgring was in 2019, recording a time of 7:35 seconds. It's clear that the upgrades and efforts have paid off in the end. At the same time, the current time matches that of the ICE-powered Ferrari Enzo hypercar when tested in 2008.
While ICE-powered vehicles remain undefeated around the track, EVs are slowly catching up. The Mercedes-AMG One remains the fastest production car to ever go around the 20.8 km track in 6:35.1 seconds.
The Tesla Model S Plaid with Track Package has three electric motors good for 760 kW of power and a neck-wringing 1,420 Nm plus a 322 km/h top speed.
The answer to this record is clear, the Track Package equips the Model S Plaid with aluminium forged Zero-G wheels, track-ready Goodyear Supercar 3R tyres, and a carbon-ceramic brake kit that consists of carbon-silicon carbide rotors, one-piece forged callipers with high-performance brake pads and brake fluid that can withstand high temperatures.
Just recently, the Rimac Nevera has claimed 23 records in one day, a 0-100 km/h time of 1.82 seconds being one incredible time. That said, Rimac might just surprise us once again, but only time will tell.
For now, however, the Nurburgring electric crown is worn by the Tesla Model S Plaid with Track Package.