Tesla desperately desires to take the Nurburgring lap document for four-door electrical sport sedans away from Porsche, however the firm has suffered an embarrassing setback.
As you may see on this YouTube video posted by Talea Media, a Tesla Model S prototype apparently encountered a problem and needed to pull over to the facet of the Nordschleife.
There’s no phrase on what occurred, however a fireplace truck was referred to as to the scene and its crew was noticed speaking to the driving force of the Tesla. A second automobile was additionally deployed to warning different drivers concerning the state of affairs forward.
Whereas it’s commonplace for prototypes to often breakdown or even catch on fire, this incident wasn’t with out an ironic twist. As you may see at first of the video, the Mannequin S was handed by a Porsche Taycan prototype.
Finally a tow truck arrived on the scene and hauled the Mannequin S away. Following this, operations returned to regular.
The event is definitely embarrassing for Tesla, however the firm might need the final chuckle as firm not too long ago stated “Knowledge from our monitor assessments signifies that Mannequin S Plaid can obtain [a time of] 7:20 on the Nürburgring.” That is near the time calculated by spy photographers and it means the Mannequin S ought to have the ability to beat the Taycan’s lap time of 7 minutes and 42 seconds.
After all, Porsche not too long ago revealed that lap time was set utilizing a pre-production Taycan Turbo and never the extra highly effective Taycan Turbo S. The latter mannequin needs to be somewhat bit sooner, however Tesla has recommended they’ll make some enhancements to their Mannequin S and check out for a time of 7 minutes and 5 seconds next month.
H/T to Jalopnik