Tesla Model S Breaks the Electric Vehicle Lap Time Record at Nurburgring

Elon Musk gets the record from Porsche the at the industry’s benchmark circuit.

Tesla Model S Breaks the Electric Vehicle Lap Time Record at Nurburgring
Tesla Model S Plaid. Credit: Elon Musk/Tesla

Just recently, it was announced that the Tesla Model S had broken the lap record for electric production cars at the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany. It was claimed that the lap time was 7:30:909, with a 166.32 km/h average speed according to a document that was shared by Elon Musk.

Based on the records, this would have been 11 seconds quicker as compared with the extremely powerful Porsche Taycan Turbo, which has a record of 7:42.30 in 2019. However, it later turned out that the lap time of the Tesla Model S was invalid.

The 7:30:909 was not confirmed by the officials at the Nurburgring Circuit. The actual lap time validated turned out to be exactly 7:35.579 but the official record still shows that the Tesla Model S remains faster than the Taycan Turbo.

The company has not announced who was behind the wheel.



Earlier, when the lap time of 7:30:909 was announced, Elon Musk tweeted, “Tesla Model S Plaid just set an official world speed record for a production electric car at Nurburgring. Completely unmodified, directly from factory.”

Elon Musk also stated on Twitter, “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).”

With that, the company later also revealed footage of the Tesla Model S in action at the circuit, which looks downright fascinating.


The powerful Tesla Model S features 3 electric motors – two on its rear and the third one on the front. Together, these motors can deliver 761 kW with 1420 Nm torque to the road. This means that the 2162 kg vehicle can easily reach 0 to 100 km/h in 2.1 seconds (the time claimed by Tesla earlier).

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The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo still holds the overall record at a lap time of 5:19.546, which remains unbeatable.

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