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Tesla claims record at Laguna Seca in modified Model S

12 September 2019

This has since been further confirmed by Musk, who said that the EV maker already has a Model S on the ground in Germany and would not be trying for a lap record - yet.

"Model S on Nürburgring next week", tweeted Musk following the Taycan unveiling, which you might take to mean that a Tesla Model S would literally be driven around Nürburgring in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate this week as part of some sort of record attempt. Since he didn't mention anything about the record-breaking lap time belonging strictly to four-door electric vehicles, we're going to assume the Model S has established the outright record for cars with rear doors at the famous circuit in California. He promised a video was coming in the next day. Well, the reply mentioned above was part of a tweet from Tesla's head honcho in which he announced the Model S has set a new record for the fastest four-door vehicle at Laguna Seca. On the surface, Tesla has indeed set a faster time - but dig a little deeper and it's clear that Jaguar still holds the record for a sedan.

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As for the Model S spied hanging out around the Nurburgring with a number of non-production modifications, including Michelin Cup 2 tires, a lowered stance, and some slight body modifications, the company is still more than welcome to run during the times when the Nordschielfe is open to tourists.

It's a level up from the recently released "Raven" upgrade of the Model S and Model X that was first announced in April with longer range, improved adaptive suspension and a reworked Model 3 motor on the front axle.

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Tesla says the prototype used for the testing has been fitted out with that it calls a Plaid powertrain and chassis.

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. But is it impressive?

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Tesla claims record at Laguna Seca in modified Model S