Tesla May Have Already Stolen Porsche’s Nürburgring Lap Record For Four-Door Electric Cars

The lap time is unofficial, at least for now

Tesla May Have Already Stolen Porsche's Nürburgring Lap Record For Four-Door Electric Cars

Tesla will make itsofficial run soon.

Officially, the fastest electric sedan around the Nürburgring is the Porsche Taycan, which set down a 7:42 lap time last year. Now, Porsche’s first all-electric sports car is a major thorn in Tesla’s side, and they’ve responded by running their own laps around the famous circuit. New spy photos show this Tesla Model S making the runs, and it seems we may have a new champion for electric sedans. Rumor has it this Model S beat the Porsche Taycan’s record, and not just slightly either.

Instead, Tesla unofficially obliterated the Taycan’s previous record with a hand-timed 7:23 lap. That’s according to Auto Motor und Sport and spy photographer Stefan Baldauf, who both timed the run, which is about 20 seconds faster than the Taycan’s best efforts. As for the weather during the run, the temperature was a fairly cool 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit), with heavy cloud cover.

According to Auto Motor und Sport‘s article, German racing driver Thomas Mutsch was at the wheel of the Model S. When we saw another (red) Model S running around the ‘Ring, the general consensus was that it wasn’t a standard Performance you can order now. Instead, it may be a prototype for a triple-motor P100D+ model.

Tesla May Have Already Stolen Porsche's Nürburgring Lap Record For Four-Door Electric Cars

The current production Model S is already absurdly fast, with a 2.4 second 0-60 time. If this preproduction car carries the same amount of speed in production that it reportedly managed to shatter a Nürburgring record, it’s going to be even more ridiculous. However, one unknown quantity here also comes down to tires. According to our intrepid spy photographer, this Model S was running on what appear to be prototype Goodyear tires, rather than the Michelin Cup 2 Rs it was running on before.

Official time coming soon

Again, this time is unofficial at the moment. However, if Tesla has already blown past Porsche on its first try, the official record-setting run could be truly spectacular. We’ll have to wait and see what the time is when Tesla truly makes the run for the record. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out our insanely fast experience in a Model S below: