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Tesla just set a speed record and sold out the car that did it

Tesla has reclaimed the ‘Ring.

The automaker sent its highest performance model to Germany’s Nürburgring racetrack and set a new lap record for electric cars.

The 13-mile-long circuit is used as a testing ground and benchmark for sports cars, due to its unique rough and winding surface, which does a good job simulating real world roads without a speed limit.

A Tesla Model S Plaid broke the Porsche Taycan’s record in 2021 with a 7-minute, 35-second lap, but Porsche returned with another 671 hp Taycan equipped with an optional performance package upgrade and knocked two seconds off that time to retake the top spot.

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The car was driven by pro driver Tom Schwister. (Tesla)

Tesla put professional racing driver Tom Schwister behind the wheel, which was round and not the now optional yoke-shaped wheel.

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The Model S Plaid equipped with a new Track Package broke Tesla’s old record by 10 seconds. (Tesla)

His lap of 7:25.231 was 10 seconds quicker than the last Model S Plaid’s and beat the Porsche’s time by a more than eight seconds. The effort appears to have paid off.

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