Tesla claims one track record, plans to go for another

Elon Musk Backtracks Model S 'Ring Run After Nurburgring Officials Say, “Tesla, Who?”

We're still waiting on the results there, but Musk is now claiming that his company has secured the sedan lap record at California's Laguna Seca Raceway. " The power of the new power train was demonstrated at Laguna Seca Elon Musk where the Model S set a new record for fastest 4 door ever".

The Model S seen here at a facility near the Nurburgring certainly isn't a standard-issue road-going model, its most prominent additions being the wheel arch extensions to accommodate the wider wheel and tyre combination for more grip.

Musk had previously said the Plaid powertrain would be exclusive to its upcoming Roadster, but has now said that it will also be available at an additional cost with its Model S and Model X vehicles. However, if you buy one of the cheaper Teslas, Plaid will not be an option.

The A Model S P100D already held the production electric sedan record around the 2.2-mile track at 1:43, but the overall mark was set a year ago by the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 at 1:37.54.

We may never know for sure exactly what started the EV performance wars of 2019, but the arrival of the Porsche Taycan on the scene really stirred things up.

According to Musk, the car's already there, but there won't be any record-breaking attempts this week as further tune-ups are necessary.

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