FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Tesla TSLA, wants to steal the Porsche’s bragging rights by the testing of the Model S at the north loop of the German Nürburgring race circuit, and with the help of a marketing tool, German car manufacturers have long been used to tout the superiority of their products.
FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is shown on a car, the electric car, the E-Rally, free wi 2019, in Bauska, Latvia, lithuania, July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo
The German Auto Motor und Sport this week published a photo of a Tesla with “100D+” marks on the road, which, according to the magazine, it became an unofficial time of 7 minutes, and 23 seconds in, the beat of the latest electric Porsche Taycan’s lap time of 7 minutes, and 42 seconds.
A formal time-record attempt was due to take place on Wednesday, and a new attempt is scheduled for Saturday, Auto Motor und Sport said.
Tesla has been using the Nordschleife as the track is well-known in the market, is a “Checked” mode, a 7-seater Tesla Model S, CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter.
“We expect this track to be slapped with the actual production of a 7 seat Model S is a Plaid version that is in production is going to be around Jan/Feb of next year,” Musk said on Tuesday.
It is set in a new record time for a four-door electric car, ” said one of them, the US-based manufacturer, the ageing of the population, from the Model a new lease of life, just like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche is preparing the launch of an electric car.
The Nordschleife (northern loop), it is one of the world’s most treacherous due to its length of just over 20 km (12.5 miles), inclined, cambers and elevation change of 300 metres (m) between the highest and lowest point.
Porsche says that the 919 Evo hybrid sports car currently holds the record with a lap time of 5 minutes, and 19 seconds, set in 2018 in the track at an average speed of 234 miles (146.3 km) per hour, in spite of the blind spots, tight turns, and the limited safety run-off areas.
Porsche, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Cadillac, and Aston Martin have been using it for the track, if a boot camp is to strengthen the reliability and handling of the process, and for the conduct of their vehicle, compared to its main competitors.
“If you’re in the same corner on the same road at the same speed in two different cars, you can see how your car measures up to the competition,” said director Dirk Schoysman, who is a Nordschleife lap record in 1996, and a Nissan Skyline with a time of 7 minutes, 59 seconds.
For Nissan, the new record highlights the city Skyline R33 GT-R’s status as a serious sports car, from which it appears that the Japanese brands will be able to be as competitive as a vehicle of Germany’s top producers.
The track, which opened in June 1927, it was to become a major battlefield, where the legendary racing drivers like Tazio Nuvolari, Juan Manuel Fangio drove to some of their most memorable matches.
In 1935, senior Nazi officials at the German Grand Prix at the ready to cheer on the home team, only to see Italy’s Nuvolari to win the Mercedes-Benz W25 and Auto Union Type B, an Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3.
The course continued to be the venue for the Grand Prix races until 1976, when a terrible crash almost killed it driving ace Niki Lauda, leading up to the opening of the shorter, wider of the Nürburgring, a track with a better services, in May of 1984.
However, car manufacturers have continued to use the older circuit 40 right-hand and 33 left-hand turns through the Eifel mountains, the wooded slopes of the hills on the development of mainstream vehicles.
“The cars have no secrets here, and the problems will eventually rise to the surface,” Schoysman said.
In the Hatzenbach corner, cars will enter a depression, making a series of movements with the suspension compressed, and the test chassis to the limit.
“As the car turns in a corner, is it possible to use a band to worship, it is the suspension bushes that have been lost due to their stroke, or a problem with the rigidity of the vehicle body, or the electronic stability program,” Schoysman will be explained.
FILE PHOTO: A graffiti ” (in the black) is for you to look at the damaged circuit limit at the “Breitscheid” section of the legendary 13-mile (21-km) Nuerburgring Nordschleife racing circuit, also known as the “Green Hell” in the western German low mountain range of the Eifel near Adenau, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang RattayFile Photo
With this development, the tweaks will continue to be relevant for electric vehicles, as well as for marketing purposes.
The understanding of the conditions of the test round, it will be of crucial importance for the evaluation of its performance, Schoysman said.
“It’s getting to be a new lap record that displays the know-how of the company, but there are a lot of questions for you: Are the cars are realistic copies of what the customer is in the showroom? Or did they change that?”
Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall