Watch Tesla's Model S set a record lap at Laguna Seca

Andrew Cummings
September 12, 2019

It certainly won't happen this week because the ongoing Industry Pool specifically forbids any attempts to set lap records, therefore we'll have to wait a little bit more. When that vehicle set a new Nurburgring Nordschleife EV lap record of 7:42, Tesla's Elon Musk was quick to respond that their own 'Ring attempt was coming (an attempt that Porsche eagerly welcomes).

A similar prototype managed to break the record for the fastest four-door sedan around Laguna Seca, beating the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 by almost a second with a 1:36.555 lap.

There's also the matter of preparing the auto used for the attempt and getting it ready for a fast lap, with Elon Musk revealing on Twitter that Tesla has to "review & tune Model S thoroughly for safety on Nürburgring, especially Flugplatz session".

The time to beat would have to be 1 minute and 37.54 seconds - a performance achieved a year ago by the Jaguar XE SV Project 8.

The sedan being referred to here is the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V that achieved the milestone back in 2015. Musk says that while a Model S is indeed at the Green Hell, the team first needs to spend some time tuning it to safely negotiate the circuit and in particular its Flugplatz section, involving a crest where cars are known to get some serious hang time.

Commenting on the go-faster "Plaid" powertrain, expected in Tesla's 2020 Roadster, Elon Musk responded to a tweet with the powertrain's production timeline and the models on which it'll be available. 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).

This is the new tech that we reported must be the reason behind Musk's announcement to take the Model S to the infamous 20.8 kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany this week.

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