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- Tesla’s Model S Plaid zoomed through the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track in a record 7 minutes and 35 seconds.
- The $130,000 Model S Plaid surpassed the previous record for production EVs set by Porsche's Taycan Turbo in 2019.
- Elon Musk in June unveiled the Model S Plaid and billed it as “the quickest production vehicle ever made.”
Electric car manufacturer Tesla recently set a new record for the fastest production electric vehicle after speeding around Germany’s famous Nürburgring Nordschleife race track.
Tesla’s Model S Plaid zoomed through the 13-mile course, considered to be one of the most demanding race tracks in the world, in a record 7 minutes and 35 seconds last week, reaching a top speed of 173 miles per hour.
The $130,000 Model S Plaid surpassed the previous record for production EVs set by Porsche's Taycan Turbo in 2019.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted a photo of a receipt from the Nürburgring showing the Model S Plaid time broke the track record.
He emphasized the vehicle was “completely unmodified, directly from factory.”
Tesla Model S Plaid just set official world speed record for a production electric car at Nurburgring. Completely unmodified, directly from factory. pic.twitter.com/AaiFtfW5Ht— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 9, 2021
A video posted by Tesla shows Swedish pro driver Andreas Simonsen at the wheel as the car zipped around the track during its record-breaking run.
Musk in June unveiled the Model S Plaid and billed it as “the quickest production vehicle ever made.”
He claimed the vehicle is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds and has a top speed of up to 200 mph.
The car’s name is in reference to the comedy classic “Spaceballs,” in which spacecraft accelerate beyond ludicrous-speed into “plaid.”
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