Tesla revamped the Model S Plaid in 2021. The new upgrade boasts an all-new steering wheel with an exciting design. This and a slew of other features have allowed the new Tesla Model S Plaid to break the EV world record at one of the hardest race tracks in the world.
The Nurburgring is a race track in Northern Germany. Nurburgring has hosted a lot of amazing races including Formula One. The race track is very hard to master which is due to its difficult turns and harsh climate. This has made the track a go for companies who want to test their cars in the toughest of conditions.
Tesla Model S Plaid Breaks World Record At Nurburgring
As everyone knows Tesla is the first one to put their cars through new challenges. Elon Musk and Tesla set its new Model S Plaid to conquer the coveted track. Tesla Model S Plaid set the EV world record on September 10, 2021.
The new Model S Plaid has three electric motors which produce more than 1000 horsepower. The range of the Model S Plaid has also been increased to 412 miles. The new Model S Plaid hosts an improved steering wheel which is unlike any other. Firstly, it is not circular in shape and the Tesla Engineers have designed it ergonomically. The steering wheel has a rounded rectangular shape which keeps the hands naturally at the 9 and 3 position which is the best position for hands while driving. The shape of the steering wheel is similar to Formula One steering wheels but with less controls.
These new features of the Model S Plaid allowed it to break the world EV record at Nurburgring. Porsche Taycan Turbo held the record earlier. The car completed the lap in seven minutes and forty-two seconds (7 minutes 42 seconds) which it did in September 2019.
The Tesla Model S Plaid broke the record set by Porsche Taycan Turbo by about 7 seconds. The Model S Plaid completed the lap in 7 minutes 35 seconds. Just Amazing! Soon after the lap record was set Elon Musk broke the news via Twitter.
The average speed of the Tesla Model S Plaid during the lap was 166 kilometers/hour which is close to 105 mph on the 12.8-mile lap. The top speed of the Model S went north of 260 km/hr on the track. This amazing feat was possible due to the amazing Tri motor layout of the Model S Plaid which gives it all the torque it needs. The world record time was 7:35:579, seven seconds faster than its competitor, the Porsche Taycan Turbo.