Amid Tesla’s highly anticipated return to the Nürburgring racetrack in Western Germany, video has circulated of both Model S P100D+ vehicles running laps in an attempt to beat the record set by the company’s flagship sedan last month.
After running multiple sessions in September with the Model S Plaid variant, the Silicon Valley-based electric car manufacturer installed a permanent Supercharger at the Nürburgring, solidifying the company’s return to the famed Germany raceway. The already impressive statistics the Model S ran at the “Green Hell” last month were something to build upon. Tesla had tweeted shortly after its departure from Germany, stating they would be using the data they had collected in order to improve upon the times they had recorded. The multiple data points the company shared in this tweet were related to the vehicle’s mechanical power and longitudinal acceleration.
Tesla believes the Model S P100D+ can run at least 15 seconds faster than its originally calculated time of 7:20 with the additional aerodynamic parts they have added.
The new body style Tesla brought to the track suggests they had compiled a few issues related to resistance, handling, and downforce with the old prototype. Tesla has added a spoiler and rear diffuser, as well as front quarter panel scoops. All of these new additions hold certain responsibilities in terms of the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance. The spoiler and diffuser will displace unfavorable air from the vehicle in an efficient manner. The diffuser is extremely crucial to handling and downforce, as it will move air from the underside of the vehicle at an enhanced velocity. The quarter panel scoops, while crucial to displacing air, also cool the brakes.
The video shows the two Model S P100D+ vehicles navigating through the Nürburging facility, as well as running on the track. It is unclear whether these runs on the track broke the 7:05 mark, or if they were even timed at all. It is more than likely Tesla will produce the recorded track times in a Twitter announcement like they did last month.
Watch the video of both Tesla Model S P100D+ Plaid Powertrain vehicles running at the Nürburgring below.