German car rental company nextmove took to the track with a Tesla Model S and a Tesla Model 3, where it set new global single charge range records for both vehicles … at the same time.
To accomplish their objective, the nextmove team took to the track in Lausitzring at 11:00am on July 7th. They started off by making the Model S as aerodynamic as possible with strategically placed packing tape, even adding the classic Model S aero rims onto the blue Tesla Model S 100D being used in the attempt to minimize the aerodynamic drag from the rims.
The plan for the Tesla Model 3 was more complicated, with two Model 3s starting an hour after their big brothers. The white Model 3 started out with a tactfully taped starman in the driver’s seat and a human in the passenger’s seat. In a move that looks more like a teenage prank than a record attempt, the passenger then started the car moving and after setting cruise control and autopilot, abandoned the vehicle through the passenger window. The window was then taped up after his exit to minimize aerodynamic drag from the open window.
Windmills flanked the track as the Teslas continued the seemingly endless loops through the night. A mind-numbing 31 hours later, the two cars were nearly at their end. The Model 3 clocked up 1,001 kilometers (622 miles) and the Model S achieved an impressive 1,128 kilometers (701 miles), setting two new world records for each of the cars in a single run.
For those who do not have experience attempting world records of this type, we can only imagine the mind numbing concentration that is required to spend 31 hours driving extremely low speeds in repetitive circles. Bathroom breaks, no air conditioning and food must all be taken into account, making each one of these new records a feat in and of itself, even if it does only stand for a few days or weeks, like the last Model 3 record.
Have a look at the video below and let us know which record you’d attempt to break … or if you even view these records as important at all.