Finally, the production version of the Tesla Model S Plaid (unmodified) set on September 9, 2021 a new record for production electric cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife track (the 20.6-kilometre course) in Germany.

Plaid's best result is 7 minutes and 30.909 seconds and an average speed of 166.320 km/h (103 mph). The other time set today is 7:35.579.

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk wrote:

"Tesla Model S Plaid just set official world speed record for a production electric car at Nurburgring. Completely unmodified, directly from factory."

Above we can see a video from the record runs, provided by Touristen Niko, who recorded the cars at a few locations along the course:

"Today I visited the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife as there have been rumors that Tesla is attempting to do a lap record with the all new Mordel S Plaid. I managed to film both cars (a black and a red one) and various sections of the racetrack."

Tesla Model S Plaid record lap on Nürburgring Nordschleife - September 9, 2021
Tesla Model S Plaid record lap on Nürburgring Nordschleife - September 9, 2021

The previous record for production electric cars - 7 minutes and 42 seconds - belongs to the Porsche Taycan Turbo. It was set in August 2019.

Tesla's huge achievement has its roots in 2019 when a prototype of the Plaid reportedly clocked a time of 7 minutes and 13 seconds.

Most recently, one of the Plaid cars crashed at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which indicates that the cars were pushed to its limits.

There are still some conventional production models that are quicker, but not that much: four-seat Mercedes-AMG GT63 S (7:27.800) and two-seat Jaguar XE SV Project 8 (7:23.164), according to Drive. Significantly better times are set by 2-door sports cars or prototype/racing vehicles. The list of Nürburgring Nordschleife is available at Wikipedia.

Elon Musk notes that the Tesla Model S Plaid was completely unmodified, including the tyres.

Soon, we will probably see a noticeably better time if someone will modify the car - aerodynamics, brakes, tires and other things.

"Next will be modified Plaid with added aero surfaces, carbon brakes & track tires (all things that can be done without Tesla being in the loop)"


In a separate tweet, Elon Musk said also that within a few weeks the Plaid will get a Track software update:


Tesla Model S Plaid specs:

  • up to 390 miles (628 km) of EPA est. range
  • battery capacity: N/A
  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 1.99 seconds (*with rollout subtracted)
    0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.1 seconds (*with rollout subtracted)
    MotorTrend's 0-60 mph (asphalt, no rollout): 2.28 seconds; 2.3 seconds according to ICSI
  • 1/4 mile 9.23 seconds at 155 mph trap speed according to Tesla
    Jay Leno's 1/4 mile record of 9.247 seconds at 152.16 mph trap speed
    DragTimes' run: 9.248 seconds at 151.83 mph
    record time of 9.081 seconds at 154.10 mph trap speed with removed interior pieces - July 24, 2021 at the World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis
  • top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h) †when equipped with the proper wheels and tires (available fall 2021)
  • three-motor all-wheel drive (one motor in the front and two motors in the rear)
  • system output: 1,020 hp (about 760 kW)
  • DC fast charging: at up to 250 kW (Superchargers)
    can replenish 187 miles (301 km) in 15 minutes
  • Drag Coefficient 0.208 Cd
  • Wheels 19" or 21"
  • Cargo 28 cu ft
  • Weight 4,766 lbs (2,162 kg)