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.
Model S just set record for fastest 4 door ever at Laguna Seca, video tmrw
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 11, 2019
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.
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We lapped Laguna Seca @WeatherTechRcwy in 1:36.555 during advanced R&D testing of our Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype
(That’s a second faster than the record for a four-door sedan) pic.twitter.com/OriccK4KCZ
— Tesla (@Tesla) September 12, 2019
Yes. To be clear, Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production & applies to S,X & Roadster, but not 3 or Y. Will cost more than our current offerings, but less than competitors.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019
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.