Tesla Model S Plaid Sets a New 1/4 Mile Record at Under 9 Seconds

Tesla Model S Plaid Sets a New 1/4 Mile Record at Under 9 Seconds

Photo: Tom Tharp/Twitter

Tesla Model S Plaid is a unique vehicle that has no equal on the market right now, and probably won't anytime soon. Although it is a four-door electric vehicle capable of seating up to 7 people, Model S Plaid is also the first production car ever to hit 60 mph in less than 2 seconds and sprint a 1/4 mile in just 8.994 seconds, setting a new world record.

In mid-May, Tesla Model S Plaid had set a new 1/4 mile speed record for any production vehicle in the world. The record of 9.247 seconds with a trap speed of 152.16mph was set on May 11, 2021, at the Autoclub Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield. Jay Leno, who was there at the time, confirmed that the Model S Plaid set a new 1/4 mile record of 9.247 seconds.

However, this is not the limit of what this electric horse can produce and a new 1/4 mile time record was recently set. Tom Tharp/Twitter shared the news that his friend's family was able to set a new record. According to the post, his friend George and his wife Christine ran the 1/4 mile in their Tesla Model S Plaid in less than 9 seconds. A photo of the recorded run time showed that the distance was covered in 8.994 seconds. According to the video shared by Tom, the trap speed was 155mph.

Although there is no description of how the Model S Plaid was modified, the photo shows that it was lightened by removing the seats. Other details of the modifications remain unknown.

What is clear at this point is that the Tesla Model S Plaid has already broken the 9.4 second 1/4 mile record set by the $3.3 million Bugatti Chiron Sport. Thus, the family electric car, which costs 27 times (!!!) less than the Bugatti Chiron Sport, is the fastest production car in the world.

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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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