Tesla’s 1020-horsepower Model S Plaid sedan might be most known for neck-snapping acceleration and shocking quarter-mile times, but straight-line speed isn’t the only thing it’s good for. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed late Thursday that an “unmodified” Model S Plaid set a lap time of 7:35.579 around the Nürburgring Nordschleife recently, breaking the record for production electric cars.
That 7:35 time—which bests the previous EV record-holder, the Porsche Taycan Turbo, by seven seconds—was recorded using the Nürburgring’s official lap time method. The track released a statement on Friday confirming the record, revealing the car was able to reach a top speed of 279 km/h (173.3 mph) during the run. The ‘Ring also confirmed the car’s pilot as Swedish racing driver Andreas Simonsen.
In addition to the official lap time, Musk also published a lap time of 7:30, which, as Road & Track contributor and ‘Ring expert Dale Lomas explains on his website, represents how quickly the Plaid went around the track using the old timing method, which eliminates the small straightaway between turns 13 and 14. Musk sent a follow-up tweet promising to set another time using a modified Plaid upgraded with things like better aero, carbon-ceramic brakes, and stickier tires. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.