16:49 GMT17 January 2021
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    Following the recent launch of the Porsche Taycan, Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to be on a mission to show that Tesla’s vehicles are still the highest-performing EVs available, aiming for 7:05 instead of the achieved 7:20.

    Musk also said that Tesla has a new 7-seater Model S prototype at the Nürburgring racetrack, and it seems like the track testing could simply be about testing new versions of Tesla’s Model S and the new 3-motor “Plaid Powertrain” instead of going after the Porsche Taycan Turbo’s record – yet still ended up beating it by about 20 seconds with a 7:23 time, according to a witness.

    Later, Tesla officially confirmed that its own data shows that the “Model S Plaid” can achieve a 7:20 time and that the company is aiming for 7:05 when the Model S returns next month.

    Tesla also shared some data from its record lap attempt, including mechanical power data and longitudinal acceleration, showing that the Model S Plaid prototype reached up to 500 kW in power during the lap. 


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