A few days after the presentation of the Tesla Model S Plaid MotorTrend magazine did an acceleration test of the vehicle. In the accompanying article, they explained that the company asked the magazine to prepare the starting area with a PJ1 TrackBite, a synthetic resin sometimes used in acceleration races. It basically increases the grip of the tire on the track.
According to the magazine, it is a pre-test preparation that they have practically never done. It was one of the criticisms made of Tesla in relation to the time of 1.99 seconds of acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (2.1 seconds at 0 to 100 km / h). In short: it would be possible to achieve it, but under very specific conditions. Without them, the time is usually a couple of hundredths of a second longer.
But a new video posted by Brooks Weisblat on his popular YouTube channel, DragTimes, has proven that it is 100% possible to achieve acceleration of 1.99 seconds in 0 to 60 miles per hour, without any preparation. In comparison, the Porsche 918 Spyder – limited to 918 units for a price of 711,000 euros or 945,000 dollars – did it in 2.1 seconds.
He was also able to go the quarter mile in 9.23 seconds. That’s faster than the Bugatti Chiron Sport – only 500 units were produced at a price of 2,400,000 euros or $ 2,850,000 – which did it in 9.4 seconds.
Both comparisons are significant since the Tesla Model S Plaid, the world’s fastest mass-production vehicle, is priced at € 130,000 or $ 125,000.
Tesla Model S Plaid is the fastest not only in the 0 to 100
The Tesla Model S Plaid It is not only the fastest in the 0 to 60 mph or 0 to 100 km / h. One of the common criticisms of fast electric cars is that from a certain speed, they are usually unable to maintain acceleration and are overtaken by vehicles with a combustion engine as they have a gearbox.
In fact, it is one of the reasons why Porsche incorporates an electric motor with a two-speed gearbox in the Taycan, is just that. But with the new Plaid, Tesla has managed to maintain very high accelerations at different speeds.
In recent tests the Tesla Model S Plaid was able to achieve 60 to 130 miles per hour (95 to 209 km / h) in just 4.7 seconds. That’s twice as fast as the 2020 Model S Performance. By comparison, the McLaren 765LT – limited to 765 units and priced at 330,000 euros or $ 390,000 – does the same acceleration in 5.1 seconds.