Tesla claims one track record, plans to go for another

Elon Musk Backtracks Model S 'Ring Run After Nurburgring Officials Say, “Tesla, Who?”

Soon afterwards, the inevitable happened as Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that a Model S would be heading to the racetrack as well to post a best lap time of its own. Well, the reply mentioned above was part of a tweet from Tesla's head honcho in which he announced the Model S has set a new record for the fastest four-door auto at Laguna Seca.

After many tweets surrounding a Nurburgring run for the Model S, on September 11, Musk tweeted that a Model S had just claimed the sedan lap record around Laguna Seca.

Not so. At least not for now. And well, the location too, give or take 9,000 km.

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Meanwhile, an R&D prototype of the Tesla Model S has been put to work at Laguna Seca, clocking a lap time of 1:36.555.

Given the Plaid drivetrain is not available to consumers, and given Tesla has not clarified other details like suspension and tires, it's impossible to call this lap time any kind of record.

This could mean that a future "Plaid" Model S could slot in between the current Ludicrous model and the more expensive Taycan Turbo, but for now, it remains to be seen how the Model S will fare when Tesla is ready for a speedrun attempt at the Nürburgring. Since he didn't mention anything about the record-breaking lap time belonging strictly to four-door electric vehicles, we're going to assume the Model S has established the outright record for cars with rear doors at the famous circuit in California. This is one step up from the automaker's Ludicrous mode and is still around a year from production. It was originally supposed to be used in Tesla Roadster, but Musk now claims it will also appear on Tesla Model S and X (not Model 3 or Y, though). Upgraded brakes and new suspension settings are also present, while our spies, who spotted the vehicle again today doing its first laps, told us that the auto was fitted with a roll cage as well (obviously, for safety reasons).

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