Porsche Taycan beats Tesla to the Nurburgring EV lap record

Ben Chia

Porsche’s Taycan Turbo S has set the Nurburgring lap record for electric vehicles, snatching the title from the Tesla Model S Plaid


Porsche has set a new record for the fastest lap around the Nurburgring for an electric vehicle (EV), beating the mark that was held by the Tesla Model S Plaid. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S went round the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife in seven minutes and 33 seconds, three seconds faster than the record set by Tesla last year. The lap record was set by Porsche’s development driver Lars Kern, and verified by the TUV, Germany’s technical inspection association.

The Taycan that set the record was entirely standard, according to Porsche, but fitted with the required roll cage and racing seats, as well as Porsche’s new performance kit and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). The performance kit includes 21-inch RS-Spyder-design wheels with Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports tyres that are road legal but feature a similar compound to racing tyres. It also features a new software update to the Porsche 4D Chassis Control which has been specially programmed to work with the sports tyres.

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Porsche adds that the performance kit is available for purchase through its Tequipment programme, although it is currently only offered to Taycan owners in Germany. Customers can request to retrofit the performance kit at Porsche’s factory in Zuffenhausen, and Porsche will roll out the option to owners by the end of this year.


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CarBuyer's senior staff writer went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben

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