Elon Musk Confirms that the Tesla Roadster Will Take on the Famed Nürburgring
【Summary】The historic racetrack in Germany will soon host a speed run for one of the most anticipated electric performance sports cars of all time, the Tesla Roadster.
The historic Nürburgring racetrack in Germany will soon host a speed run for one of the most anticipated electric performance sports cars of all time, the Tesla Roadster.
The announcement was a response from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who confirmed that the Tesla Model S will head to the famed Nürburgring track as well.
Musk announced his intention to bring the two Tesla models to Germany after automaker Porsche announced that its new Taycan electric sedan set a record time on the Nürburgring on Aug 26, upstaging Tesla in the process.
Test driver Lars Kern conquered the legendary track, famously known as the Green Hell, in seven minutes and 42 seconds in the new Taycan.
As we mentioned earlier in our comparison of Tesla Model S and the recently introduced Porsche Taycan, Tesla's Model S Performance still offers superior power and range figures. The car is also better value for the money than the Taycan.
Porsche priced the electric Taycan at $185,000 for the Turbo S and $150,900 for the Turbo variants. The Model S Performance costs $99,990 in the U.S.
The Model S Performance has an EPA-estimated range of 345 miles and a claimed zero-to-60-mph time of 2.4 seconds. The air suspension is now adaptive on the Model S, offering a stiffer ride in corners and better overall handling, which will certainly be helpful at Nürburgring.
This probably means that Model S Performance may manage to set an impressive time around the historical track, which will further add to the appeal of Tesla's competitively priced offering.
The Roadster, however, will be a completely different story altogether, even as the car is currently only available as a prototype model. The Roadster's performance figures on paper are substantially more superior to the Porsche Taycan.
Tesla claims its new Roadster will be fastest car in the world, with record-setting acceleration, range and performance. The Roadster can reach 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds with a top speed of 250 mph.
Following his announcement, Musk also cited concerns about safety and announced on Twitter that Tesla might not try and go for a faster lap time this week, as the test car is still under review and requires further tuning.
Since then, images showcasing a heavily modified Tesla Model S "Raven" P100+ testing near Nürburgring have surfaced online.
Nürburgring expert and racecar driver Thomas Mutsch was also spotted at the famed track behind the wheel of one of the two heavily modified Tesla Model S prototypes.
It was earlier rumored that Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg, would be driving the Nürburgring-tuned Tesla Model S. Now Mutsch is expected to be behind the wheel. Tesla said it will probably make its world record attempt on or before September 21.
Power and range figures aside, the Porsche Taycan also gets the German automaker's legendary racing pedigree which comes handy when setting a time around the track.
The Tesla Model S might struggle around the track for this very reason, if the car is not equipped with the proper racing gear. This is one of the reasons Tesla is taking its time before going ahead with a fast lap.
The Tesla Roadster will be priced similar to the new Porsche Taycan and will probably not experience similar challenges thanks to its more sporty architecture.
However, things still look promising for Tesla, especially after the recent speed run around the Laguna Seca track in California, where the Model S managed to set a new record lap time for four-door sedans.
Tesla announced last Wednesday that its Model S "Plaid" development car lapped WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca in California in 1 minute, 36.55 seconds.
After its record setting run at Laguna Seca, Musk again took to Twitter once again to announce that the Tesla Roadster will hit Nürburgring sometime next year.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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