The Model S Plaid circumnavigated the 20.8-kilometer (12.8-mile) Nordschleife in 7:35.579 minutes and reached a top speed of 279 km/h. The 1,020 hp vehicle with a tri-motor was driven by Swedish driver Andreas Simonsen.
The news was tweeted by Tesla boss Elon Musk. Musk’s tweet shows a second, quicker lap time of 7:30.909, but this refers to a slightly different circuit layout. Musk’s tweet also showed an average speed for the record-breaking lap of 164.615 km/h
Tesla Model S Plaid just set official world speed record for a production electric car at Nurburgring. Completely unmodified, directly from factory. pic.twitter.com/AaiFtfW5Ht
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 9, 2021
The Tesla boss added: “Next will be modified Plaid with added aero surfaces, carbon brakes and track tires (all things that can be done without Tesla being in the loop)”
Both Tesla and the Nurburgring released an official onboard video from the Model S Plaid.
The Model S Plaid is the quickest Tesla to date, with a claimed 0-100 km/h (0-60mph) sprint time of 1.99 seconds and a top speed of over 321 km/h (200mph).
The time is now listed in the category for electric production cars, which thus celebrates its premiere. All official times set on the Nordschleife so far can be found here.