WHY TESLA'S 'PLAID' POWERTRAIN IS A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TOWARDS PORSCHE
Porsche was getting too much automotive press. Tesla fading into the background. Mr. Musk had to do something drastic. Bring a prototype out, which is meaningless in the sense of run what you sell, and talk about what they "can" do rather than what they did do with actual production models.
"Tesla was desperate to get their customers back from Porsche. ... For Tesla, it would have definitely been frustrating to lose all the market attention they have been receiving",
But then it gets worse
"Laguna Seca’s officials claimed that Tesla’s run in Laguna Seca will not be an official record. ... We were not officiating while the Tesla was testing on the track. Official records only happen during sanctioned events where a sanctioning body is officiating.”
Oops. If you are going to run with the big boys, at least know the rules.