Elon Musk might not be able to have Nico Rosberg drive an officially-timed lap of the Nürburgring in a Tesla Model S, but that hasn’t stopped trackside viewers from hand-timing a lap of the modified S.
According to reports from Germany, the Tesla (which, again, is heavily modified) is faster than Porsche’s impressive electric Taycan by a wide margin.
The modified Model S, dubbed ‘Plaid’, has three motors instead of two, a feature which is expected to become part of Tesla’s production car arsenal. It's also reportedly sporting a distinct lack on interior fitout and is wearing rather sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport RS tyres.
The name is a reference to the same film as Tesla’s ‘Ludicrous Mode’ – Mel Brooks’ cult sci-fi parody Spaceballs – in which ludicrous speed is faster than light speed, but can result in a ship ‘going to plaid’.
So, with Elon’s faster Model S on track, spectators were bound to show up. According to a report from Auto Motor und Sport, they showed up with the intention of timing the Tesla despite it not being production-spec or running during a sanctioned lap-timing session.
The result? A lap time of roughly 7 minutes and 23 seconds, according Auto Motor und Sport, putting it almost 20 seconds ahead of the Porsche Taycan.
Now, as previously reported by MOTOR, it’s unlikely Tesla will be able to lay down an official lap time soon, with the American brand not having booked a specific day to do so, and the calendar for the Nürburgring “fully booked through the season.”
Furthermore, despite a casual agreement to do so, Nico Rosberg is unlikely to be able to help with a lap time in the near future due to his current unaccredited status at the ‘Ring, which requires a three-day course to change.