Jay Leno tries to set a speed record with the most powerful Tesla Model S PlaidJune 13, 2021
American actor and TV host Jay Leno is trying to break the standard drag racing quarter mile record with the powerful Tesla Model S Plaid electric sedan.
The Tesla Model S Plaid is the result of nearly 10 years of research and development. The novelty received three engines and more than 1000 horsepower (745.7 kilowatts). Jay Leno recently took this quiet but insanely fast car into the drag lane to set a new quarter mile ground speed record for production vehicles.
Spoiler alert: According to Leno, he completed the record-breaking distance, covering a quarter mile in 9.24 seconds at a speed of 249 km / h. To offer some perspective on this record, other cars in the so-called “nine-second club” are the French hypercar Bugatti Chiron, the British McLaren P1 coupe and the American Dodge Challenger in a powerful Demon version.
Despite the range of 627.64 km and the ability to increase the range by 300 km in just 15 minutes, it is clear that the main task of the new Plaid’s power plant is acceleration.
The car can accelerate to 100 km / h in just 1.99 seconds, excluding rollout. The maximum speed of an electric vehicle is 322 km / h – provided it is equipped with the correct wheels and tires.
The Tesla Model S’s high-performance Plaid and Long Range powertrains also feature an updated battery architecture that allows the Pocket Rocket to perform parallel races multiple times in a row. Although the Model S has a drag coefficient of 0.208, this makes it one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars on the road, we’d bet it also comes in handy for drag racing.
Of course, Tesla will set you back around $ 130,000, which puts it on par with other EVs including the Porsche Taycan 4S and Audi RS E-Tron GT. However, compared to the Bugatti Chiron, which will set you back $ 1.8 million – and not nearly as fast as a quarter mile – things start to look a little different.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that the Tesla Model S Plaid electric car went up by $ 10 thousand the day before the start of deliveries. The first buyers of the “charged” version of the Tesla Model S finally waited for their electric cars. In the United States, the delivery of the first copies of the novelty to customers was scheduled for June 10. In Moscow, due to the time difference, it was already Friday.
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