In 2016, Musk tweeted that Plaid would be reserved for the upcoming Roadster, so this could be a mule the company is using to test that technology or plans for an upgraded Model S have changed. Either way, this isn’t quite the Taycan-fighting Nürburgring run Musk had initially promised we’d see this week, as he later explained the company would need to do more review and testing ahead of the attempt.
Our friends at Autoblog have picked up spy shots of a modified Model S P100D that is, as Musk promised, driving around the German roadway right now, so hopefully the battle between sporty EVs will get some comparable data soon.
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We lapped Laguna Seca @WeatherTechRcwy in 1:36.555 during advanced R&D testing of our Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype
(That’s a second faster than the record for a four-door sedan) pic.twitter.com/OriccK4KCZ
- Tesla (@Tesla) September 12, 2019