Professional racing driver Robb Holland took a stock Tesla Model S and tested it around the Nürburgring.

Professional racing driver Robb Holland took a stock Tesla Model S and tested it around the Nürburgring.

He was asked by Nissan GT-R tuner Iain Litchfield to take a standard Model S and do a Bridge to Gantry lap of the Nordschleife, a process which took around ten minutes. It doesn't sound like a great result but the Model S had to navigate through heavy traffic and it also encountered battery overheating issues which put the car in a reduced power mode for around three minutes.

Robb Holland says the full electric vehicle is capable of completing a lap in less than nine minutes so the Performance version should prove to be even quicker. As a reminder, the 85 kWh variant needs 5.4 seconds until 60 mph (96 km/h) before topping out at 125 mph (201 km/h) while the range-topping Performance model does the sprint in 4.2 seconds and hits 130 mph (209 km/h).

Getting back to the run, Holland praised the car for being very quiet but said the steering was too numb and the car felt heavy and lacked mechanical grip. Despite these shortcomings, Holland is impressed with what Tesla Motors has managed to achieve in such a short amount of time, taking into consideration the company was founded in 2003.

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