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Tesla Model S Plaid Prototype Returns With Huge Diffuser At The Nurburgring

As most of you remember, Tesla had a blast at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife about a month ago, with a couple of Model S prototypes sporting the upcoming “Plaid” drivetrain unofficially mopping the floor with the Porsche Taycan Turbo's lap time during testing.
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Obviously, no such record would ever be recognized by an official authority, since both Model S prototypes were heavily modified compared to their road-going versions, or any other version for that matter, not to mention being hand-timed.

That said, Elon Musk couldn't lose the opportunity to stir the water and get more free publicity, going as far as installing the first Tesla Supercharger at the Nurburgring as well.

He also mentioned that the Model S Plaid drivetrain can easily achieve a 7:05 minutes lap time at the Green Hell when they return next month to Germany.

Well, guess what? Now it's “next month,” and our spy photographers caught what are probably the same red and blue prototypes from before, with one small exception.

We actually mean major exception, because the blue Model S is sporting a gigantic aerodynamic diffuser at the rear, with both prototypes featuring a different body kit than before.

There is now a pair of extra air outlets behind the front wheels on each car, the wheel-arch extensions look smoother and the Lexan spoilers on the trunks have been redesigned as well.

Whether these modifications are also complemented by even more power from the Plaid drivetrain is anyone's guess, but you should probably be prepared for a sub 7:10 minutes Nurburgring lap time from either of the two cars.

In fact, if we were to bet, the blue Model S prototype looks like it has a good chance to go under 7 minutes if its interior is as stripped as the red one last month and the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport RS rubber has a say about it.

Nothing has been heard on this subject so far, unofficial or not, but we'll keep you posted in the following days since Tesla will stay at the Green Hell for a while.

 
 
 
 
 

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