Porsche Taycan Shatters Tesla Model S Plaid Nürburgring Record in a Race for EV Supremacy
Recently, a new Porsche Taycan destroyed the previous Tesla Model S Plaid lap time, making this new Taycan the fastest four-door EV to lap the track.
Competition breeds excellence. In any industry, competing companies push each other to develop the next best thing for consumers. This is certainly the case in the automotive world. Nothing quite shows how competition breeds excellence as the lap times automakers set at the legendary Nürburgring test track.
How much faster than the Tesla Model S Plaid was the new Porsche Taycan?
The Taycan that took down the Model S Plaid is a pre-series model that isn’t publicly available yet. Still, the new Taycan lapped the legendary track in 26 seconds less than the current Porsche EV and 18 seconds faster than the Model S Plaid.
Lars Kern set the previous Porsche Taycan lap record in 2022 in an S Sport model. He also drove this new pre-series model and lapped the legendary Nürburgring track in 7:07.55. That time is 26 seconds than the record he set in the first Taycan.
The Tesla Model S Plaid set its lap record in June with a time of 7:25.31. At the time, this record was eight seconds faster than the Porsche EV.
Tesla and Porsche have been going back and forth for the title of the fastest four-door EV since 2019; we expect this to continue.
Is the new Taycan the fastest EV around the track?
Neither the Porsche Taycan nor the Tesla Model S Plaid have been able to capture the title of the fastest EV. That honor belongs to the Rimac Nevera, which lapped Nürburgring in 7:05.298. While the Rimac is faster than the two high-end EVs duking it out, the Nevera is only two seconds faster than the new Porsche.
This new record by the Taycan is the reason for Porsche to celebrate. As Elecktrek tells us, the Porsche EV is 1/5 the price of the Rimac, and it’s only two seconds slower.
Is the new Taycan more powerful than the Model S Plaid?
Although this pre-series Porsche Taycan is the most powerful version, it doesn’t hit the same power figures as the Tesla Model S Plaid. Currently, the Taycan Turbo S delivers 750 horsepower but this new GT model should reach as high as 1,000 horsepower. The Model S Plaid makes 1,020 horsepower, which means Porsche still has some ground to make up.
This new Porsche Taycan will be officially unveiled in mid-March, giving us the new fastest four-door EV. Will Tesla have an answer and take back the title at Nürburgring? Stay tuned to find out.