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Tesla Says Model S Prototype Set the Four-Door Lap Record at Laguna Seca

New Plaid powertrain is coming

New Plaid powertrain is coming

Porsche threw down the performance EV gauntlet when it announced that the Taycan had set the four-door all-electric lap record at the Nürburgring. Tesla has clearly taken the challenge very seriously, with CEO Elon Musk teasing that Tesla Model S sedans would be testing at the ‘Ring this week. Knowing a Nürburgring attempt was imminent, the automotive world has been anxiously awaiting word of a new lap record. We got one—just not the one we were expecting.

Musk took to Twitter, as he usually does, to break the news late on Tuesday. According to the tweet, the Tesla Model S set the record for the fastest four-door around California’s famed Laguna Seca raceway. Later, Tesla revealed more details. The automaker announced that it hit 1:36.555 during testing in a Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype. On Twitter, Musk explained that the new Plaid powertrain is “about a year away from production” and will apply to the S, X, and Roadster. Check out the video below.

Tesla already set both the electric car and the four-door lap record earlier this year with a Model 3 Performance, which posted a time of 1 minute, 37.53 seconds. That time just barely beat the 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8’s previous record of 1:37.54, which was set by MotorTrend’s own Randy Pobst in 2018.

Hopefully, we’ll get more details on the run soon. We also wonder: Is a Nürburgring record attempt still in progress? In the meantime, we’re enjoying watching the electric performance rivalry between the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan unfold.