A Model S equipped a ‚Plaid‘ powertrain (think Ludicrous mode but Spaceballs) has set a new record on the Laguna Seca Raceway in California. More so, the electric car has already been spotted testing at the Nürburgring in Germany.
According to Tesla, the new Plaid drive will go into production in about a year and will be offered for the Model S, Model X and the new Roadster 2, but not Model 3 or Y. The new powertrain “Will cost more than our current offerings, but less than competitors,” says Tesla, likely referring to the recently presented Porsche Taycan.
During the test drives on the Californian race track of Laguna Seca, a Model S with the Plaid drive was one second faster than the previous record for a four-door sedan, as Tesla was quick to announce in a tweet (below). With the current model S P100D, Tesla drove a time of 1:43 minutes last year, so the time of 1:36.555 for the new model is a significant increase.
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We lapped Laguna Seca @WeatherTechRcwy in 1:36.555 during advanced R&D testing of our Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype
(That’s a second faster than the record for a four-door sedan) pic.twitter.com/OriccK4KCZ
— Tesla (@Tesla) September 12, 2019
Tesla has not released any data on the Plaid drive or the modifications to the Model S chassis. Elon Musk has only said they would publish more details “soon”. In true Musk fashion, the title “Plaid” – like the “Ludicrous” mode – is a reference to the movie Spaceballs.
Already last week, after the world premiere of the Porsche Taycan and the previously achieved Nordschleife record (7:42 minutes for four-door sedans), Musk had announced that a Model S would arrive at the Nürburgring in Germany this week. This is apparently already happening – but an attempt to break the Porsche record has not been made yet.
At Germany’s famous Nürburgring, which boasts the title of the longest permanent race track in the world, Tesla is registered for the so-called “Industry Pool” drives. Tests may be carried out but no record attempts can be made – i.e. set-up drives before the targeted record lap.red In the meantime, two slots for a possible record attempt are becoming clear: on Saturday 21 September, all tourist and track taxi rides will be cancelled for two hours so that Tesla has a clear run. On Wednesday, 25 September, the track will be reserved for Tesla again between 17:00 and 17:45 hrs.