There were reports going around early May that the Tesla Model S Plaid had a record-setting performance at the Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California. It was reported that the Model S had broken the quarter mile record set by the Bugatti Chiron Sport in 2018. The previous record was 9.4 seconds with a speed of 158 MPH.
The new record set by the Plaid was reported to be 9.247 seconds at 152.09 MPH. This number has now been confirmed by Jay Leno during the Spike’s Car Radio podcast. Jay said that “I’ll tell you what I did. I went up to Famoso Dragway in Bakersfield,” Leno said on the podcast. “And the Tesla Plaid…I drove by, and the NHRA guy was there to make it official. It turned a 9.247, at 152 MPH”.
This means that the Tesla Model S Plaid might be the quickest production car in the quarter-mile on the market right now. The Plaid comes with Tesla’s new tri-motor and its performance is nothing to scoff at. While the company has not confirmed Jay’s words, they do claim that the car can do 0 to 60 mph in just 1.99 seconds.
They also say that the car can reach a top speed of 200 MPH, these specs even put to shame some of the diesel-fueled sports cars on the market. The company also claimed that the car can cover a quarter-mile in 9.23 seconds which is in line with what Jay said about the Bakersfield raceway. The Plaid isn’t even the only sports offering from Tesla. The company’s recent claims also say that the upcoming Roadster could be even quicker.
With the new SpaceX package, the Roadster will be able to 0 to 60 MPH in just 1.1 seconds. Though that’s just on paper. Anyways, the Model S Plaid is slated to start delivering on June 10th. There will also be a special delivery event on that day at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California.
I am speed.