Tesla did not need to simply top a lap time set by Porsche’s new electric vehicle at Germany’s iconic Nürburgring race observe, it wished to demolish it.
Then issues apparently hit the skids.
Video posted on-line Wednesday exhibits a Tesla’s Mannequin S “Plaid” prototype sitting on a tow truck on the observe, shortly after setting a Porsche-topping time of 7:20. A Porsche Taycan will be seen driving previous the stationary Mannequin S at one level.
With enhancements, the corporate says it hopes to hit an excellent sooner time of seven:05. For context, Porsche holds the sports car record for the track at 6:44 with its GT2 RS, achieved on October 25, 2018, however there aren’t any standings revealed but for electrical autos on the well-known circuit.
Tesla did not instantly reply to questions on why the Plaid prototype, a closely modified Mannequin S, was stopped on the observe. CEO Elon Musk stated final week that a manufacturing model of the powertrain choice would arrive in a few yr for Fashions S, X, and Roadster, however not the Mannequin three or Mannequin Y.
The Nurburgring has been a degree of competition between Tesla and Porsche ever for the reason that German automaker unveiled its all-electric Taycan Turbo and Turbo S earlier this month. Musk first poked fun at the car’s name, telling Porche that “this phrase Turbo doesn’t imply what you assume it does” earlier than heading to the Nurburgring.