Even the Tesla Model 3 Performance is suitable for setting remarkable times on the German Eifel race track Nürburgring – with a few modifications and an experienced driver at the wheel, it is so fast there that the passenger can get queasy, as seen recently in a video was seen. An official time was not taken for this round, but soon another Tesla will show on the ring what a sophisticated electric car can do: the Tesla Roadster will be on display there in 2021, CEO Elon Musk now announced when asked.
Tesla Roadster should come in 2020
At the end of 2017, Tesla surprisingly announced that the new roadster would be available and presented a first prototype of the super-electric car, which, according to Musk, is a “brutal rubdown” for combustion engines and “devastatingly” surpasses each of them. First of all, he was even supposed to come to the German Nürburgring this year and set a new all-time record there. This was announced by Tesla CEO Musk in September 2019 after prototypes of the Model S with the new Plaid drive were initially tested there.
Even with this Tesla Model S plaid, times are said to have been unofficially driven on the ring that are said to be below those of a Porsche Taycan Turbo. This German electric car was sent to the track shortly before its market launch as a “near-series prototype” and, according to Porsche, had set a lap record for four-door electric sports cars. Shortly afterwards, the Teslas came, were apparently even faster, and Musk announced that the new Plaid drive with three motors and improved chassis for the Model S and later Model X should go into series production at the end of 2020. And he said that the roadster for new records would also be on display at the Nürburgring this year.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 20, 2020
But like the Tesla Roadster itself, its first appearance in the ring seems to be postponed. Production of the electric racer is not likely to begin until 2022, after that of Tesla Cybertruck and Semi, Musk has already indicated. And on Twitter, he answered the question of whether the Roadster will come to the Nürburgring in 2021 with a tight yes. Strictly speaking, tests are not ruled out this year, as initially planned, but if they are to start in 2020, the Tesla boss would have pointed out.
Tesla Model 3 needs more cooling
In this respect, private Tesla owners still have a little more time to try their hand at best times on the Nürburgring. As drives first in an unchanged and then in the modified Model 3 Performance showed, the little racing Tesla primarily needs better brakes and a harder chassis in order to impress on the demanding track. And the driver wanted improved battery cooling, because on the last few kilometers the full power was no longer available due to excessively high temperatures.