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Tesla Model S P90D At The Nurburgring (Video)

How well the souped-up versions of the Tesla Model S (Tesla P85D, Tesla P90D, etc.) perform when put to the paces at serious racetracks has been an object of contention amongst Tesla detractors for some time now.

Apparently, the best-selling electric luxury sedan is supposed to perform in a similar fashion to a performance hot rod, or it is utter crap — well, according to some car enthusiasts anyways.

While it’s completely clear that the Model S was designed with the premium-class car market in mind, rather than the much-less-financially-lucrative performance hot rod market, the Model S is still quite an impressive car when it comes to performance. Under typical driving conditions, that is — rather than performance racing conditions.

On that note, a commentator on the Tesla Motors Club forum by the name of “syswei” recently shared a video that he found of a P85D doing a lap at Nurburgring that seems worth sharing here. Enjoy.

Here’s the original comment: “I don’t drive terribly fast myself, but I was under the impression that Teslas aren’t very good in track settings. Then I ran across this video: which shows an amateur with a P85D doing what seems (to an un-initiated person like me) a pretty decent lap at Nurburgring. I also own an MB and the fellows in a thread Why One Should Not Buy A Tesla Model S – MBWorld.org Forums on an MB forum are poopooing all over the video and the Model S’s trackability in general. Any comments? Does anyone know of cases where a driver has tracked a P90D and also some other fast car, M3, Porsche, etc?”

That was followed by an interesting, and revealing, comment from “P85,” who stated: “P85D works nice on track for a short while, till power is restricted by the software. I did a few Nurburgring laps myself this fall, and the software restricts the power output a lot about 2–3 minutes into the lap and at the end of one lap it was restricted to around 200kW. The Tesla really hangs on nice in the corners and the brakes work good on the Nurburgring. On short intensive circuits, like Rudskogen in Norway, the brakes fall short and get overheated quickly, power output is also reduced really quick. On Rudskogen it lost a lot of power after about 1 minute of hard driving. The brakes faded in one lap and the brake disks were all blue and overheated. I’d love to hear experiences with the Ludi upgrade. Should probably keep power longer as the main fuse is no longer mechanical (and most likely overprotected)?”

Interesting. Do any owners have any relevant experiences to share?

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.


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