Tesla, as hinted last month, returned to the famous Nürburgring track to test the prototype model S Plaid and why not, break the Porsche Taycan lap record. The prototype that brought it shows a significant changes externally since it has wider front and rear fenders, where the front has air outlets to cool the brakes or augmented aerodynamic improvements. Also on the back appears a large aerodynamic diffuser.
The prototype Model S with the code “Plaid ” has 3 electric motors, two on the rear axle and one on the front. Last month the Model S according to Tesla made a speedy time in the Ring, 20 sec below that of Taycan.
In the video that follows from YouTube channel Automotive Mike, you can see impressive footage from the Tesla Model S by pushing the tyres to the boundary on the Nürburgring track.
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Description from YouTube channel Automotive Mike :
During the Industry Pool in October at the Nürburgring I once again have filmed the Tesla Model S Plaid testing on track.
Elon Musk keeps his word with Tesla coming back again at the Nürburgring.
Apparently, it’s a ‘chassis prototype’ fitted with their new ‘Plaid’ powertrain, which will sit above the existing 100D with the Ludicrous mode in the model’s range.
Tesla’s CEO also said that the red car with the wide arches is fitted with seven seats, adding that they are gunning for the fastest seven-seat car record.
This could be Tesla indirectly admitting that they can’t beat the Porsche Taycan outright on the Nurburgring, where the latter holds the title of the “fastest four-door electric sports car”, according to Porsche.
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 nearly a second with a 1:36.555 lap. However, the company doesn’t claim that record, as track officials were not present during Tesla’s test.
The new ‘Plaid’ powertrain features three electric motors, instead of the two in the P100D “Ludicrous”. Musk opted for these names for Tesla’s powertrains as a reference to Mel Brooks’ classic Spaceballs movie.
More details about this new powertrain will be announced soon, with the company saying that they will offer it in the Model S, Model X, as well as the new Roadster, but not in the Model 3 or Model Y. Musk also said that the final production examples of the Plaid-powered Teslas are still a year away from launch.
As for the Model S ‘chassis prototype’, our spy shots show that it’s been fitted with larger wheels, stickier tires and the necessary wider fenders to cover them, as well as a new lip spoiler for the tailgate. Upgraded brakes and new suspension settings are also present, while our spies, who spotted the car again today doing its first laps, told us that the car was fitted with a roll cage as well (obviously, for safety reasons).