Some are calling out a rivalry between the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan, not only because of the cars – think pricey, high-performance, four-door, all-electric sedans – but also due to Tesla's upcoming official track time at the 'Ring.
The Taycan set a lap record at Nurburgring recently. It pulled off a praiseworthy 7:42, which is not close to the top dogs on the challenging twisty track, but it's quite a feat nonetheless. After the record and the Taycan's official debut, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk joked about the car's "turbo" moniker, since EVs do not have turbo capabilities.
Following that joke, Musk said a Model S was heading to the 'Ring, though he did not say it was going to set any records (that was just assumed by the media and the masses). The CEO compliments the Taycan's record time and calls it a "good car."
Tesla Model S – or two or three – are already practicing and testing at Nurburgring. While the Model S is surely modified, we do not know 100-percent exactly what the modifications are. However, we can assume that it's the upcoming "Plaid" powertrain, with three engines and other performance-enhancing upgrades. Search a Model S just set a new record at the Laguna Seca track in California.
There are still plenty of loose details that make for loads of speculation. What we do is the Model S is on the schedule for September 21st.
At any rate, as the EV and racing community watches in anticipation, Porsche's North American President and CEO Klaus Zellmer told CNET Roadshow 's Tim Stevens at the recent Frankfort Motor Show:
"We call ourselves a true sports car manufacturer, and there are not many ways to prove it is a true sports car." The
"Anyone who's trying to see you doing so, we have great respect for. We It's their business.We respect them.They said, "The space, which is great." And what's great they want to do it on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, it's thei r call. "
It's great to see healthy competition. However, Zellmer also referenced the modified model as saying,
In closing, it's important to point out that, Zellmer said the Taycan that's the ring record is not something anyone wants to buy, there are some things to consider. First, the Taycan's time was not official via the folks at Nurburgring. Second, we still have no idea if the car had a roll cage, what minus any seats, or had any other upgrades. Since the Taycan is not officially produced, it's hard to call it a production-level car.
We just have to wait and see how this all pans out. Of course, we'll be watching and reporting on all unfolds.