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Tesla Model S Nurburgring update: A crash, more Superchargers, and new mods

A blue Tesla Model S Plaid unit with new aeros attacks the Nurburgring. (Photo: Stefan Baldauf/Auto Motor Uund Sport)

Recent reports from Germany have provided some interesting new updates about Tesla’s ongoing activities at the Nürburgring. Among these was the unfortunate crash of a Plaid Model S unit, the construction of more Supercharger stalls at the iconic racetrack, and the inclusion of even more aero mods to another prototype. 

According to a report from German publication Auto Motor und Sport, the red Tesla Model S Plaid prototype crashed into a guardrail while being driven at the track by Swedish racer Andreas Simonsen (previous reports erroneously noted that it was Thomas Mutsch who was driving the vehicle) during a hot lap last Friday. The motoring media outlet noted that the track was wet during the fateful run, and despite the high-speed crash, Simonsen was unharmed. 

That being said, the red Model S Plaid prototype has not been spotted in the Nürburgring since its accident, which could indicate that the vehicle is still under repair (provided that the car returns to the racetrack, of course). Otherwise, it would not be surprising if Tesla brings over a replacement vehicle to take the place of the red Model S unit. 

The red Tesla Model S Plaid before its crash at the Nurburgring. (Photo: Stefan Baldauf/Auto Motor und Sport)

Despite the absence of one of its cars, Tesla nevertheless continues to extend its presence in the iconic racetrack. The German media outlet noted that Tesla is currently setting up additional Superchargers at the location, hinting at the company’s possible intention to be a regular at the Nürburgring. 

For now, Tesla is reportedly continuing its tests at the German racetrack, though it is currently using only one Model S Plaid unit. For this purpose, the electric car maker has gone ahead and hiked up the blue Plaid Model S’ aeros to 11, placing a larger front lip and a massive rear spoiler on the vehicle. These modifications were fitted on top of the blue Model S’ large rear diffuser and new air vents. 

These mods appear to be working, as observers have stated that the vehicle is very, very quick around the track. “The thing is damn fast, it is more like a racing car and has nothing more to do with a production model,” observers noted. 

The blue Tesla Model S Plaid with new aeros on the Nurburgring. (Photo: Stefan Baldauf/Auto Motor und Sport)

Prior to the crash of the red Plaid Tesla Model S, speculations were abounding that the vehicle was the one that achieved a hand-timed 7:23 lap during Tesla’s excursion into the Nürburgring last month. The blue prototype, on the other hand, was reported to have completed a lap around the track in 7:40, suggesting that the two vehicles might be corresponding to two different Model S Plaid trims

Inasmuch as the two Plaid prototypes are incredibly quick and described by observers as cars that behave almost unlike production vehicles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that the final iteration of the Model S’ Nürburgring record-setter will be manufactured sometime next year. Details about the upcoming vehicle are slim, though Musk has stated that the Plaid Model S will have three electric motors and seven seats.

Tesla Model S Nurburgring update: A crash, more Superchargers, and new mods
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