Tesla has been able to reclaim the fastest lap record at Germany’s world-famous Nürburgring thanks to a new Model S Plaid decked out with the Track package.
The previous record was held by Porsche and its electric Taycan Turbo S, but that’s now been beaten.
The Tesla and Porsche performance EVs have been trading records for a few years now. However, Tesla says that its latest record is around eight seconds faster than the lap that previously held the crown.
Electrek suggests that it was always the Model S’s brakes that were holding it back, with the new Track Package unlocking the extra performance required. Previously, Tesla was limiting how fast the Model S Plaid could go.
Last summer, we reported on a Tesla Model S Plaid breaking a 200 mph top speed for the first time after being hacked by the owner to remove Tesla’s speed limiter. It actually achieved a top speed of 216 mph (348 km/h). It looked like it could have gone faster, but they were running out of tarmac and braking space – despite having upgraded the brakes themselves with third-party brakes.
Now that Tesla’s upgrades are available it would appear that the Tesla Model S Plaid is once again a force to be reckoned with. But if there’s one thing that we know about Porsche and the Nürburgring, it’s that the Germans will be back sooner rather than later.