Tesla enlists former Formula One champion as Model S driver for Nürburgring run

Tesla’s upcoming Nürburgring run with the Model S just became even more interesting. Not long after CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla will be taking its flagship sedan to the iconic German track, former Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg volunteered to be the electric car maker’s test driver. Musk graciously accepted. 

In a rather humble gesture, Rosberg offered his professional driving skills to Tesla by asking Musk if the company needed a “decent driver” for the Model S’ Nürburgring run. Musk responded very positively, stating that having the former Formula One champion as Tesla’s driver “would be great.” 

Since retiring after his historic win at the Formula One World Championship in 2016, Rosberg has proven to be a strong proponent of sustainable transportation. Apart from his open love for Tesla’s electric cars such as the Model 3 Performance, Rosberg has also co-founded the Greentech Festival, an event that showcases some of the world’s most cutting-edge environmentally-friendly technologies. 

This makes Rosberg the perfect driver for Tesla’s Model S Nürburgring lap. Apart from his impeccable skills as a professional racing driver, Rosberg is also very familiar with the way electric cars work, at times even remarking that he wants EVs to go faster. While testing the Tesla Model S Performance’s Ludicrous Plus launch, for example, Rosberg joking stated that he wants a vehicle with “Ludicrous Plus Plus Mode.” With this in mind, Rosberg is probably the best driver in the industry that can push the Tesla Model S to its limits on the Nürburgring. 

Tesla’s Model S of choice for its Nürburgring lap might already in Germany, as hinted at by sightings of a vehicle with US plates being transported by a truck that seemed to be heading towards the iconic racetrack. Quite interestingly, the Tesla Model S in question was reportedly equipped with Michelin Sport Pilot Cup 2 R tires, which are optimized for track use. Tire review site TireBuyer describes the Michelin’s Pilot Cup 2 R as a “semi-slick tire developed to beat track records.”

While initial reports following Elon Musk’s Twitter announcement noted that Tesla has not reserved an exclusive slot for a record attempt at the Nürburgring, a later statement from a Tesla spokesperson explained that the electric car maker will simply be part of the coming week’s Industry Pool testing in the track. “Tesla is excited to be a part of the Industry Pool testing community next week at the Nürburgring. Our participation is confirmed and contracted by the Nürburgring,” the spokesperson said. 

It should be noted that while Tesla will not be allowed to conduct lap timing for the Model S during its participation in this coming week’s Industry Pool testing, the company will nevertheless be able to openly test the capabilities of its flagship sedan around the nearly 13-mile circuit.

Tesla enlists former Formula One champion as Model S driver for Nürburgring run


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