The Tesla Mannequin S Plaid is the fruits of almost 10 years of analysis and improvement. With three motors and over 1,000 horsepower (745.7 kilowatts) on faucet, it’s clear that this automobile isn’t any joke. Jay Leno just lately took the silent-but-deadly machine to the drag strip to set a brand new quarter-mile land-speed document for manufacturing automobiles.
Spoiler alert: in response to Leno he accomplished a record-setting move, doing a 9.24-second quarter mile at 152 miles per hour (249 kilometers per hour). To supply some perspective, different automobiles within the nine-second membership embody the Bugatti Chiron, McLaren P1, and Dodge Challenger Demon.
Regardless of its 390 mile vary and the flexibility so as to add 187 miles of vary in simply quarter-hour, the point of interest of the Plaid powertrain is clearly the acceleration. The machine can dash to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in a mere 1.99 seconds, with rollout subtracted. When you’ve hopped off the road, the powerhouse EV retains pulling as much as 200 mph (322 km/h) – when outfitted with the correct wheel and tire package deal.
The Plaid and Lengthy Vary powertrains additionally convey an up to date battery structure that enables the pocket rocket to do back-to-back runs on the drag strip. Whereas the Mannequin S’ drag coefficient of 0.208 makes it one of the vital environment friendly automobiles on the street, we’d wager that it additionally turns out to be useful for drag racing.
Certain, the Tesla will set you again round $130,000, which places it in the identical taking part in subject as different EVs together with the Porsche Taycan 4S and Audi RS E-Tron GT. Nevertheless, in comparison with the Bugatti Chiron, which is able to set you again $1.8 million – and isn’t as quick within the quarter-mile – issues begin to look a bit completely different. With such blistering efficiency, we’d wager that this automobile is simply the amuse-bouche earlier than the Tesla Roadster arrives.