Tesla Inc's attempts to humble Porsche with a new lap record on Germany's legendary Nordschleife racetrack have reignited a controversy about the value of lap times, as the circuit steps in to quash claims of cheating.
Ring officials not happy with the way Tesla conducted business.
“We want to have circumstances that can be understood and replicated,” said Nuerburgring spokesman Alexander Gerhard, adding that the racing circuit operator had moved to tighten rules by which a car maker can claim a certified lap time.
“The car [Tesla[ was heavily modified,” said Stefan Baldauf ...“Aside from a roll cage and the driver’s seat, the interior had been stripped out,” ...The Tesla also appeared to have semi-slick tyres, used only on racing circuits and unsuited for everyday use, A Porsche spokeswoman told Reuters its Taycan was tested using standard tyres.
Notary Jens Boehle, who certified lap times by Porsche, said, “Scope for cheating is as big as you can imagine. Is it a prototype vehicle, a standard road legal vehicle, or is it a specially modified racing version of a standard road car?”