Tesla Model S Owner Laps ‘Ring In A Respectable 9:01: Video

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From a performance standpoint, there’s been plenty of great news surrounding Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] lately.

An available Ludicrous high-performance mode means the Model S can sprint from zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds, and a next-gen Roadster has been confirmed for 2019. But the last time we saw one of Elon Musk’s creations attempt to lap the Nürburgring, things didn’t go well.

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The Model S went into limp mode after completing just 1/3 of the circuit, and racing driver Robb Holland criticized its weight and lack of grip. He did speculate, however, that a properly set-up version might be able to lap the Green Hell in nine minutes.

And it looks like he was right—at least if you use a higher-spec P85 version.  

According to the YouTube description, this P85 owner performed his lap on an almost-full charge, with the regenerative braking and suspension in their lowest settings. The car’s lone complaint was a high-pressure warning from the tires around a third of the way through. 

With an adjustment to compensate for rising pressure as the tires heat up, clocking in at under nine minutes should be no problem. Watch the video to see the whole run.  

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