The Tesla Model S Plaid is the culmination of nearly 10 years of research and development. With three engines and over 1,000 horsepower (745.7 kilowatts) in service, it’s clear this car is no joke. Jay Leno recently took the silent but deadly machine to the drag strip to set a new quarter-mile ground speed record for production cars.
Spoiler alert: According to Leno, he set a record, doing a quarter mile of 9.24 seconds at 152 miles per hour (249 kilometers per hour). To provide some perspective, other vehicles in the Nine Second Club include the Bugatti Chiron, McLaren P1 and Dodge Challenger Demon.
Despite its 390-mile range and the ability to add 187 miles of range in just 15 minutes, the focal point of the Plaid powertrain is obviously acceleration. The machine can sprint to 60 mph (96.5 km / h) in just 1.99 seconds, with the deployment subtracted. Once you’ve jumped off the line, the mighty EV keeps cruising up to 200 mph (322 km / h) – when fitted with the right set of wheels and tires.
The Plaid and Long Range powertrains also bring an updated battery architecture that allows the pocket rocket to perform back-to-back races on the drag strip. While the Model S’s 0.208 drag coefficient makes it one of the most efficient cars on the road, we bet it’s useful for drag racing as well.
Of course, the Tesla will set you back around $ 130,000, which puts it on par with other EVs, including the Porsche Taycan 4S and the Audi RS E-Tron GT. However, compared to the Bugatti Chiron, which will set you back $ 1.8 million – and isn’t as quick in the quarter-mile – things start to get a little different. With such a mind-blowing performance, we bet this car is just an appetizer before the Tesla Roadster arrives.