Tesla returns to the Nürburgring with a Model S Plaid

Nearly two years since Tesla last tested the Model S Plaid in 2019; the vehicle returned to Germany. No longer is the car equipped with lip spoilers, splitters or fixed wings. Instead, according to Car Advice, the car has a conservative look and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

However, it is not clear if Tesla is targeting the Porsche Taycan record or the overall record for production sedans. The Taycan completed the ring in 7:42, while the production sedan record sits at 7:25.

Car Advice photographers also spotted the Tesla with two different set-ups for the steering wheel. They first saw the Model S Plaid with the yoke style, and then later in the day, the vehicle had the traditional circular wheel.

Tesla did not confirm lap times, nor did it confirm it was even at the ring! However, on-lookers with stopwatches timed the Model S Plaid in 2019 at 7:23. Tesla confirmed these numbers noting that they could do 7:20 and potentially 7:05 the next time they came to the ring.

Do you think Tesla will officially break the production sedan record this week?

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