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A Tesla Model S sat on a tow truck at the Nürburgring as a Porsche Taycan drove past it

 

 

Tesla didn't want to just top a lap time set by Porsche's new electric vehicle at Germany's iconic Nürburgring race track, it wanted to demolish it.

 

Then things apparently hit the skids.

 

Video posted online Wednesday shows a Tesla's Model S "Plaid" prototype sitting on a tow truck on the track, shortly after setting a Porsche-topping time of 7:20. A Porsche Taycan can be seen driving past the stationary Model S at one point.

 

With improvements, the company says it hopes to hit an even faster time of 7:05. For context, Porsche holds the sports car record for the track at 6:44 with its GT2 RS, achieved on October 25, 2018, but there are no standings published yet for electric vehicles at the famous circuit.

 

Tesla didn't immediately respond to questions about why the Plaid prototype, a heavily modified Model S, was stopped on the track. CEO Elon Musk said last week that a production version of the powertrain option would arrive in about a year for Models S, X, and Roadster, but not the Model 3 or Model Y.

 

The Nurburgring has been a point of contention between Tesla and Porsche ever since the German automaker unveiled its all-electric Taycan Turbo and Turbo S earlier this month. Musk first poked fun at the car's name, telling Porche that "this word Turbo does not mean what you think it does" before heading to the Nurburgring.

 

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