Tesla Model S beats lap record at Laguna Seca

Elon Musk Backtracks Model S 'Ring Run After Nurburgring Officials Say, “Tesla, Who?”

That said, Tesla-and Elon Musk in particular-really need to stop making random promises with the latest concerning a supposed Nurburgring Record Lap.

Last week, he said that Tesla would bring a Model S to Nürburgring race track - right after Porsche established a new 4-door electric auto record at the track.

The Laguna Seca lap is just a warm-up for the real thing. Musk didn't qualify that statement with "electric sedan", so the Model S presumably set the benchmark for all cars with four doors. He promised a video was coming in the next day. On the surface, Tesla has indeed set a faster time - but dig a little deeper and it's clear that Jaguar still holds the record for a sedan.

As for the Model S spied hanging out around the Nurburgring with a number of non-production modifications, including Michelin Cup 2 tires, a lowered stance, and some slight body modifications, the company is still more than welcome to run during the times when the Nordschielfe is open to tourists. Exactly what other modifications the auto is running remain to be seen.

Tesla is going beyond Ludicrous to Plaid, but it won't be offered on the Model Y or 3. In the meantime, the Model S picked up a record at a different track.

Musk had previously said the Plaid powertrain would be exclusive to its upcoming Roadster, but has now said that it will also be available at an additional cost with its Model S and Model X vehicles. Absolutely, and we're on the edge of our seats waiting for the next assault.

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