The Nürburgring Nordschleife is where nearly all auto manufacturers sign off on their hardcore, track-pounding brutes before releasing them to the public. Recently, a team of developers at Porsche traveled three hours northwest from their home in Stuttgart to take a crack at the 154-turn track. The results: the four-door electric vehicle (EV) Porsche Taycan Turbo S stormed around “The Green Hell” in a record-setting time.

Porsche Taycan’s EV record lap

With a time of seven minutes and 33 seconds, Porsche development driver Lars Kern, driving the Taycan Turbo S, broke the old record by two seconds and included a 166-mph blast down the döttinger höhe straightaway, a Porsche press release stated. Although the four-door EV blitzed the track with standard production power figures—750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque in Overboost mode —it wasn’t exactly a run-of-the-mill model pulled off a dealer lot.

Porsche says the record-breaking car was equipped with a performance kit featuring 21-inch RS-Spyder-design wheels and a set of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires—a race-ready yet road-legal rubber compound. The package also includes a software update to the 4D Chassis Control system, which monitors and adjusts suspension and braking components in real-time. According to Auto Week, the performance kit offered through Porsche Tequipment will be an option for the 2023 Taycan Turbo S, but only for Porsches sold in Germany, unfortunately.

Upcoming challengers from Croatia and the U.S. 

the porsche taycan just defeated the tesla model s plaid’s nürburgring record

Taycan Turbo S | Porsche

Although Porsche’s record is impressive, it likely won’t last long. The Taycan Turbo S was able to best the Tesla Model S Plaid’s Nürburgring time of 7:35 even though it has 270 hp less than the 1,020-hp American EV, but models with far more electric power are rearing to put down a lap time in the future.

There are two cars EV enthusiasts are waiting feverishly to see tackle the Nordschleife: the Lucid Air and the Rimac Nevera.

America’s Lucid Air

The Lucid Air has been breaking lap records around the globe since its emergence five years ago. A widebody tri-motor version has been trading punches with a heavily modified Tesla Model S Plaid around Northern California’s Laguna Seca.

Yahoo reports that a 1,200-hp Air Sapphire—a car that will out-accelerate a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport—was unveiled in mid-August 2021. The modified production EV is set to retake Laguna Seca’s lap record for four-door cars, which the Tesla currently holds at 1:28.2, Road and Track reports. Although it hasn’t run the Nürburgring yet, it’s likely to be a worthy challenger to the Porsche Taycan Turbo S.

Croatia’s Rimac Nevera

The Rimac Nevera has yet to run an official Nürburgring lap. Yet, it’s all but certain to deliver a record time. Car and Driver says the 5,100-pound leviathan is no simple rocket ship. With four electric motors, 1,813 hp, and advanced torque vectoring, it will undoubtedly give Porsche a run for its money.

Although the Lucid, Porsche, and Tesla are well into the six-figures, they’re quite economical compared to the $2,000,000 Rimac. With that, you do get one of the finest examples of 21st-century EV engineering, industry-leading battery cell power, and a level of acceleration that will nearly make you sick.

Nürburgring’s fastest four-doors

— Porsche Newsroom (@PorscheNewsroom) August 10, 2022

The Nordschleife has seen many fast four-door cars sling around its pavement over the years. In 2017, with no electric motor, Prodrive’s Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR did a lap time of six minutes and 57 seconds, just half a second slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar, Yahoo reports. On the track’s website, however, it lists the fast four-door as the BMW M4 CSL with a time of seven minutes and 20 seconds.

Shaving 13 seconds off a 12.9-mile course is a tall order. Nevertheless, Porsche’s Lars Kern is no stranger to breaking records at the ‘Ring. Five years ago, Motor1 explains, he sent the Porsche 911 GT2 RS around in six minutes and 47 seconds—10 seconds faster than the 918 Spyder. As Lucid, Rimac, and Tesla seek faster laps, Porsche will continue to dominate with man and machine.

MOTOR'S NEWS RELATED

Join Road & Track and Car and Driver on Our Annual Car of the Year Tests

Check out today's coolest new cars alongside editors at Performance Car of the Year, Lightning Lap, and 10Best Awards.

View more: Join Road & Track and Car and Driver on Our Annual Car of the Year Tests

Satisfying Subaru SUVs That People Love Driving and Owning

Satisfying Subaru SUVs that people love driving include the 2022 Crosstrek The 2022 Forester is another Satisfying Subaru SUV that people love Don’t overlook the 2022 Outback for a stress-free driving experience Subaru makes a reliable and safe sport utility vehicle, but that’s not all. These Satisfying Subaru SUVs ...

View more: Satisfying Subaru SUVs That People Love Driving and Owning

Holiday Rambler Eclipse RV Debuts With Theater Seats, Drop-Down Loft

It’s available with three different floor plans.

View more: Holiday Rambler Eclipse RV Debuts With Theater Seats, Drop-Down Loft

Genesis prices 2023 G80 electric car at $81,000, expands EVs to more states

Genesis on Thursday expanded the breadth and availability of its electric car lineup on its path to becoming a fully electric automaker by 2030. The luxury brand’s newest car, the 2023 Electrified Genesis G80, will cost $80,920 (including a $1,095 destination fee) when it goes on sale in September. The ...

View more: Genesis prices 2023 G80 electric car at $81,000, expands EVs to more states

This C5 Corvette Turned Off-Roader Could be Yours For Small Bucks

Photo: Caleb Hodshire/Facebook Fans of the Chevrolet Corvette and off-road vehicles now have a golden opportunity to combine their two passions for a small amount of money. A tuning enthusiast in Illinois, who specializes in Corvette conversions, is selling on Marketplace a fifth-generation (C5) 1999 Corvette built to venture ...

View more: This C5 Corvette Turned Off-Roader Could be Yours For Small Bucks

Audi heads to F1, 2025 Cadillac Celestiq, 2023 Electrified Genesis G80: Today's Car News

Audi confirmed it will enter F1 for the 2026 season. The automaker will team with a thus far unknown chassis partner to provide power units that will be built in Germany and run on synthetic fuel. Alfa Rome announced it will split with Sauber, and all points sign to Audi ...

View more: Audi heads to F1, 2025 Cadillac Celestiq, 2023 Electrified Genesis G80: Today's Car News

Genesis expands GV60, an electric SUV, availability to four more US states

Where is the Genesis GV60 available to buy Electrek’s Take Now might be your chance if you’ve been waiting to buy the Genesis GV60 EV SUV. The Korean luxury automaker announced Tuesday that its flagship electric SUV, the GV60, will be available in four more US states starting in ...

View more: Genesis expands GV60, an electric SUV, availability to four more US states

Our Long-Term 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Is off to an Unforgettable Start

With our 668-hp, six-speed-manual sports sedan, the highs are high, and the lows are low.

View more: Our Long-Term 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Is off to an Unforgettable Start

Dodge goes electric in style | Autoblog Podcast #744

Tested: Best Car Vacuums for 2022

China: Power to the people or to the carmakers?

Tesla premium connectivity through Starlink V2 confirmed

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning strapped to dyno despite challenges

1983 DeLorean DMC-12 with 5,397 miles for sale

Numbers of Koenigsegg CC850s increase to 70 due to high demand

Tech Deep Dive: What Makes the New Porsche GT3 RS the Most Extreme 911 Ever

4 Terrible 2022 Subcompact SUVs That Consumer Reports Predicts Owners Will Hate

Xiaomi in talks with BAIC to produce electric cars, says Bloomberg

Audi Has Decided to Enter Formula 1 in 2026 After Much Speculation

North Dakota Swing Ahead For WoO: What To Watch For

OTHER MOTO NEWS