Tes­la teased a pro­to­type Mod­el S that Elon Musk says can go faster than the “Ludi­crous” speed the company’s cars cur­rent­ly achieve. The new pow­er­train is dubbed “Plaid” and is “about a year away from pro­duc­tion,” Musk tweet­ed Wednes­day. (Both names are a ref­er­ence to the Mel Brooks movie Space­balls.) The Plaid Mod­el S made its debut at Lagu­na Seca race­way, where it lapped the famous Cal­i­for­nia road course in just 1 minute and 36 sec­onds.

The new Plaid pow­er­train, which employs three elec­tric motors instead of two, will be avail­able in the Mod­el S, Mod­el X, and the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Road­ster. It won’t be avail­able for the Mod­el 3 or the Mod­el Y, Musk said. It will “cost more than our cur­rent offer­ings, but less than com­peti­tors,” he added, a pos­si­ble ref­er­ence to the new­ly-unveiled Porsche Tay­can Tur­bo, which starts at $150,000. (Though the new Road­ster starts at $200,000.)

As Tes­la point­ed out on Twit­ter, 96 sec­onds is about one sec­ond faster than the “record for a four-door sedan” at Lagu­na Seca. But this is where things get tricky. A spokesper­son for Lagu­na Seca told CNBC that track offi­cials “were not offi­ci­at­ing while the Tes­la was test­ing,” and that “[o]fficial records only hap­pen dur­ing sanc­tioned events where a sanc­tion­ing body is offi­ci­at­ing.”

It’s a fast lap, but it’s not real­ly an offi­cial record

That’s a pret­ty stan­dard approach when it comes to track records, though it didn’t stop Musk from claim­ing on Twit­ter that Tes­la had set the new “record for fastest 4 door ever at Lagu­na Seca.” The Sil­i­con Val­ley automak­er also post­ed a video of the run to YouTube titled “Tes­la Mod­el S Fastest Lap at Lagu­na Seca.” The seman­tic con­fu­sion of this word­ing is cleared up in the video descrip­tion: “We lapped Lagu­na Seca in 1:36.555 dur­ing advanced R&D test­ing of our Mod­el S Plaid pow­er­train and chas­sis pro­to­type — a sec­ond faster than the record for a four-door sedan.”

To be sure, the Mod­el S lap is nowhere near the fastest Lagu­na Seca lap. That was offi­cial­ly set by Helio Cas­tron­eves in 2000 in a Champ Car, the race­cars that briefly exist­ed after Indy Rac­ing League split off from Indy­Car (don’t ask). Back then, Cas­tron­eves put down a lap time of 1 minute 7 sec­onds. (The unof­fi­cial record, 1 minute 5 sec­onds, was set in 2012 in a Fer­rari F1 car.)

Tes­la is also run­ning a Mod­el S around anoth­er famous race track this week: Germany’s Nür­bur­gring. Musk announced last week that the com­pa­ny would take a Mod­el S there in an appar­ent response to the news that Porsche’s Tay­can Tur­bo had set the “four door elec­tric sports car” lap record, which is anoth­er arguably made-up record.

But Tes­la isn’t attempt­ing to break any records at Nür­bur­gring just yet. Musk lat­er tweet­ed that the com­pa­ny plans to “review & tune” the Mod­el S for safe­ty before going all-out there. (Which may be a good thing, since it seems Tes­la may be run­ning a lemon law buy­back Mod­el S.) Tes­la also won’t have the track to itself, because it will be mak­ing the run dur­ing a ses­sion where mul­ti­ple automak­ers are allowed to test.

Tesla’s Mod­el S Nür­bur­gring runs will be the clos­est thing we get to an actu­al head-to-head com­pe­ti­tion between the two cars until more Tay­cans make it into the real world. It’s a matchup many per­for­mance car fans have antic­i­pat­ed dur­ing the four years Porsche spent hyp­ing its flag­ship EV. On paper, the Tay­can isn’t as quick as Tesla’s best Mod­el S — and it also starts at $150,900, which some might say is ludi­crous in its own right.

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