Tesla Model S P85 Onboard At Nürburgring: Video
Nowadays, most high-performance vehicles have a Nurburgring lap time to brag about. However, that’s not the case for the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D, one of the world’s most powerful and fastest, mass-production electric cars. The reason for that is simple: Tesla has no interest in taking its sedan to the "Green Hell" to try to set what may become a record lap for EVs.
But that’s not to say the P85 has yet to meet the ’Ring by now. Last year, a Norwegian owner took his Model S on the Nurburgring and ran an 11:34-minute lap. Far from impressive, yes, but the driver had to cope with a lot of traffic and took it easy around the track. Now, another owner brought his P85 to the Nurburgring and recorded a 9:03-minute lap, arguably the quickest for any Tesla as of yet. The owner says the lapped the track using a fully charged battery, regenerative braking in low, and A/C turned off, and that there’s potential of sub-nine-minute laps, likely without traffic and with a professional driver behind the wheel.
As a reminder, the P85 isn’t the most powerful Model S available. This sedan uses a 470-horsepower electric motor and rear-wheel-drive. The most powerful version is the P85D, which employs two motors that generate a total of 762 horses and 687 pound-feet. The P85D would definitely lap the ’Ring in less than nine minutes, especially since its top speed is 155 mph, rather than 140. Then again, the Model S doesn’t really need a Nurburgring record to prove itself as the world’s greatest electric sedan.