Tesla Model S Running 'Plaid' Powertrain Broke the Four-Door Record in R&D Test
Tesla has claimed to break the four-door record using a Model S running 'Plaid' powertrain at Laguna Seca in California.
The modified version of the Model S with three motors, a 'Plaid' powertrain, and chassis prototype, lapped around the racetrack at 1:36:555.
The 'plaid' is a reference to the 1980s comedy movie Spaceballs ("They've gone to plaid!" i.e., ludicrously fast). It could be a favorite movie of Tesla CEO, Elon Musk.
The only thing beyond Ludicrous is Plaid— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019
Musk himself confirmed the current news as he tweeted the results and a video was later released on the company's YouTube channel.
Model S just set record for fastest 4 door ever at Laguna Seca, video tmrw— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 11, 2019
The video has already generated buzz on YouTube and Twitter. The experienced driver races the prototype model around the track and breaks the record a second faster, the video claims.
As CNBC reports, "The next closest record for a four-door was set by a 2016 Cadillac CTSV back in 2015." It also reported that while Tesla has claimed the record, for it to become an official lap record, it needs to happen "during sanctioned events where a sanctioning body is officiating."
Last week's world premiere of Porsche Taycan had Elon Musk reacting on Twitter. He claimed that the Model S would soon also be at Nürburgring — known as the Green Hell — where the Porsche did its fastest lap in seven minutes and 42 seconds.
Following the premiere, Elon himself praised the Taycan, but not before confirming that the Model S will also do tests at the German racetrack.
But Taycan does seem like a good car. Nürburgring track time is great.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 7, 2019
Model S on Nürburgring next week— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 5, 2019
An hour ago, he revealed that the Model S would have more seats.
Model S at Nürburgring has 7 seats— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019
Elon also confirmed, when asked by Twitter fans, that the new Plaid powertrain will be applied to Models S, X and Roadster and that it's still a year away from production.
Yes. To be clear, Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production & applies to S,X & Roadster, but not 3 or Y. Will cost more than our current offerings, but less than competitors.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019
AutoBlog has revealed some photos near Nürburgring of a Model S P100D yesterday, probably getting ready for initial tests. It claimed that using Model S P100D does make sense, "since its 762 horsepower and 723 pound-feet of torque closely matches the Porsche's 750 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque." However, they've also noted that this modified version is not a 'stock' model, as the Porche Taycan was.
Elon cleared the air that Tesla won't try for a record this week in Nürburgring but will instead make sure that the Model S will be fully reviewed and tuned, especially for the Flugplatz section of the racetrack.
We'll just have to wait for news from Nürburgring to see what the 7-seater Model S is capable of. Let's hope we won't have to wait for too long.
Watch the video yourself and tell us what you think in the comments.