This video reportedly marks the first time a made-in-Germany Tesla Model Y Performance has looped the Green Hell.
The video above purports to be the first footage of a Tesla Model Y Performance built in Germany taking to the Nürburgring. Giga Berlin, Tesla’s brand-new production facility in Germany, has officially begun building Model Y electric crossovers.
It’s entirely possible that this is the first Model Y Performance to visit the ‘Ring, or at least one of the first with publicly available footage. Regardless, some may argue that, of all Tesla’s existing vehicles, the Model Y is the one that consumers are least interested in seeing brave the tricky circuit. However, while the Model S Plaid and Model 3 Performance are typically the preferred candidates when it comes to Tesla track time, this video really is history in the making.
The electric crossover in the video is a 2022 Model Y Performance that came off the manufacturing line at Giga Berlin, according to YouTube channel Top Speed Brothers. It was one of the first German-built Model Y Performance SUVs, according to reports.
The dual-motor electric SUV has an 82 kWh battery pack, according to the channel. The front motor produces 207 horsepower, while the rear unit produces 295 horsepower, for a total combined output of almost 500 horsepower, according to Top Speed Brothers.
They videotaped the Model Y Performance lapping the Nürburgring in the popular and all-too-familiar driver point-of-view style, as you’ll see in the video. The Brothers are one of a few YouTube channels dedicated to POV-style German Autobahn driving.
The ‘Ring lap of the Model Y starts at 1:45 in the video above. It draws to a close around 10:30 p.m. The driver claims that this is his first time on the Nürburgring, which just adds to the excitement of the film. He does confess, though, that he ran two laps before opting to record the third and final lap, so he had some experience before the camera started rolling.
Keeping in mind the driver’s lack of experience on the ‘Ring, and the fact that he’s driving Tesla’s slowest and least performance-oriented model, the footage is quite compelling. The Model Y Performance proves to be quite quick, and it holds its own quite well around the tight curves. However, it seems clear the driver is taking it a little bit easy as several other cars go rocketing by on a number of occasions.
At any rate, check out the video for yourself. Then, head down to our comment section to share your takeaways.
Source: Top Speed Brothers (YouTube)