Tesla has announced that it has a Model S with a & # 39; Plaid powertrain & # 39; and a new & # 39; chassis prototype & # 39 ;, which they used to break a record at the Laguna Seca racetrack.
Earlier today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said they broke the fastest lap record for 4-door vehicles with a Model S at the Laguna Seca racetrack, and they will release a video about it soon. .
The automaker released the video today, but we learned that the vehicle had been altered.
Tesla claims that the Model S has a & # 39; Plaid powertrain & # 39 ;, indicating a new powertrain above the & # 39; Ludicrous & # 39; powertrain, and a new & # 39; chassis prototype & # 39 ;.
In the new version of this Model S, Tesla completed a time of 1
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We were trapped at Laguna Seca @WeatherTechRcwy at 1: 36.555 during the advanced R&D test of our Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype
(which was second faster than on record for a four-door sedan) pic.twitter.com/OriccK4KCZ
– Tesla (@Tesla) September 12, 2019
That's a huge improvement on the previous best time on a Tesla Model S P100D.
Last year, Tesla's development team ended up taking the Laguna Seca EV record with a time of 1:43.
Tesla has not released any other details about the new powertrain or chassis or any plans to make the new version of the Model S available to customers.
Update : Musk says they will soon release more details about the & # 39; Plaid powertrain & # 39; and said it would be offered for the Model S, Model X and the new Roadster:
"Yes. To be clear, the Plaid powertrain is about a year away from producing and applying the S, X & Roadster, but not 3 or Y. It costs more than our current offerings, but less than competitors. "
In the past, Musk has stated that Tesla reserves the & # 39; Plaid mode & # 39 ;, which is a reference to Spaceballs like Tesla's other mode of performance, for the next-generation Roadster.
That's an interesting way to announce a new powertrain, or at the very least a new powertrain mode, especially after Elon says there are no other major issues. upgraded to Model S this year.
Because Elon said that & # 39; Plaid & # 39; is for the Roadster, Tesla might try the new Roadster powertrain on the Model S, but I'm not sure.
Either way, that was a wonderful time.
Although, in my opinion, Tesla may have broken the inside a little because it sounds so loud inside the car in this video and that's what happens when you strip the interior of a car.
The new & # 39; Plaid powertrain & # 39; is stronger.
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