Tesla claims one track record, plans to go for another

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 12, 2019

Given the monumental undertaking of a Nurburgring run, just ask Volkswagen and Porsche how much effort, time, and engineering it takes to even prepare for a record run, I don't expect Tesla to produce any time in the near future. That said, Tesla-and Elon Musk in particular-really need to stop making random promises with the latest concerning a supposed Nurburgring Record Lap.

The Model S P100D is Tesla's highest performance vehicle.

Musk confirmed via Twitter that they won't try a lap time this week but he also claimed that the Model S has set a new lap record at Laguna Seca for "fastest 4 door ever", with the onboard video and more details coming tomorrow.

Though Musk brushes off the idea that the scrapping of a record-attempt was his idea or due to needing time to "review and tune" the Model S in question, the real reason is that he never had secured anything and went off half-cocked. Musk didn't qualify that statement with "electric sedan", so the Model S presumably set the benchmark for all cars with four doors.

Earlier today Road & Track reported citing local sources that Tesla has booked a private 30-minute time slot at the famous German track on September 21, indicating at the announced lap record attempt.

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