Porsche Taycan reclaims Nürburgring EV lap record from Tesla Model S Plaid

Porsche has set a new EV lap time record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Piloted by racing driver Lars Kern and equipped with a performance kit by Porsche Tequipment, the Taycan Turbo S clocked a blistering 7:33.350 lap time around the Green Hell.

With the new lap time, the Porsche Taycan reclaims the title as the fastest EV around the Nürburgring from the Tesla Model S Plaid, which clocked a lap time of 7:35.579. It is to be noted that both lap times were done around the 20.832-km course at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which has been used for official lap record timekeeping since 2019.

This isn’t the first foray on the Nürburgring for the Taycan; the electric sedan – in pre-production form – once set a lap time way back in 2019 on the shorter 20.6-km course of the Nürburgring, clocking a time of 7:42 minutes. But due to the shorter track used, it wasn’t officially inducted into the track’s hall of fame, and it’s not a reliable yardstick against the Tesla, or even the new Taycan’s track record on the full lap.

In the full on-board video released by Porsche, you will notice that the Taycan Turbo S sports a roll cage on the inside. However, the roll-cage-equipped Turbo S weighs exactly the same as a series-production Taycan Turbo S, qualifyfing it as a standard production model, as confirmed by TÜV Rheinland.

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Racing driver Lars Kern said, “In the past, only thoroughbred super sports cars got into the 7:33 range. With the new performance kit, I was able to push even harder, and the car was even more precise and agile to boot.”

Now, the performance kit by Porsche Tequipment surely helped Porsche snatch the title back from Tesla. The kit includes:

  • 21-inch RS-Spyder-design wheels
  • Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports tyres (road-approved, now available for Taycan)
  • Porsche 4D Chassis Control software update

The kit is currently only available in Germany and only for the 2023 model Porsche Taycan Turbo S. The kit will be available from the end of 2022. The sports tyres are primarily designed for driving on the track. Buyers can therefore switch back to standard road tyres at any time. It is not necessary to restore the original chassis software when doing this.

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