Tesla Model S Plaid is a unique car that has no equal on the market right now and probably won't any time soon. Despite being a four-door electric vehicle, Model S Plaid is also the first production car to hit 60 mph in less than 2 seconds and run the 1/4 mile in just 8.943 seconds, setting a new world record among all production cars in history.
In mid-May 2021, 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 Model S Plaid set the new 1/4 mile record.
In November 2021, Tom Tharp/Twitter shared the news that his friend's family was able to set a new record. According to his 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 remained unknown.
However, this is not the limit of what this electric horse can do, and a new 1/4 mile time record was recently set. @situation_coyote/Instagram shared their achievement in Model S Plaid. According to the video, and the information provided in it, the car covered the 1/4 mile in an jaw-dropping 8.943 seconds with a trap speed of 156.23mph. This is half of a tenth of a second faster than the previous record of 8.994 seconds set by George and Christine—and at these blistering speeds, every fraction of a second becomes exponentially harder to achieve. According to the explanation, the car was lightened by removing the interior trim. However, the car used 21″ Arachnid wheels, which are factory-installed in the car by default.
It is obvious at this point that 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. Great job, Tesla team.
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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.