Watch Tesla's Model S set a record lap at Laguna Seca

Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Elon Musk has claimed that Tesla has set a track record, just not the one people were expecting. Rubber has been reported to be Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, which are among the more track-focused performance tyres for road cars.

Musk didn't explicitly say Tesla was trying to beat the Porsche's record, but that seemed to be the implication.

Our spies spotted a very aggressive-looking Tesla Model S P100D, complete with wide fenders, fat tires on lightweight wheels and reportedly a roll cage fitted, surrounded by a team of engineers on the Nurburgring.

Today, Tesla dropped the promised video of a 1:36.555 lap time around Laguna Seca, indicating that time is a full second faster than "the record for a four-door sedan".

Last week Elon Musk announced that Elon Musk would be taking on the Porsche Taycan's EV speed record at Nürburgring, but given the special engineering of the Porsche most did not give the sedan vehicle much odds. That said, Tesla-and Elon Musk in particular-really need to stop making random promises with the latest concerning a supposed Nurburgring Record Lap. Given the length of the track, it presents a much greater challenge than Laguna Seca, especially for high-performance electric cars, which are prone to overheating and power loss.

However, since the lap was not at a sanctioned event, the time is not considered an official record.



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