At its “Battery Day” event today, Tesla surprised folks with details on a new high-performance car. The Model S Plaid is available to order now, and the numbers are absurd—over 1100 hp, 0-60 in under 2 seconds, quarter-mile runs in the nines, over 520 miles of driving range, and a 1:30.33 lap of Laguna Seca. And it’s yours for $140,000.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk didn’t offer a ton of details on the new model beyond some headline specs, but he did say there’s another three seconds or so to be had around Laguna. For reference, Motor Trend got a McLaren Senna around the famous Monterey track in 1:27.62. Musk boldly proclaimed that the Model S Plaid would be quicker than any production car on track.
“We’re confident the Model S Plaid will achieve the best track time of any production vehicle ever. Of any kind. Two door or otherwise,” Musk said.
The Plaid uses a new tri-motor all-wheel drive system, presumably with two electric motors at the rear axle and one for the front, allowing for all sorts of wild torque vectoring possibilities. In clips of the car lapping Laguna Seca—which were shot this weekend—we can see that the Model S Plaid has some sort of big wing or spoiler on the back.
Tesla has opened online ordering for the Plaid now, and it says deliveries will begin in late 2021. Oh and the name? It’s a reference to the Mel Brooks classic Spaceballs, where beyond light speed, there’s Ludicrous Speed—a term Tesla has used for years now—and then, plaid.
From: Road & Track
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