A Tesla Model S Plaid achieved 216 mph on a Canadian airbase. Ingenext, a Trois-Rivières, Canada-based EV tuning company, modified the Plaid. Plaid’s software limiter was disabled by Ingenext to see its genuine top speed capabilities, and they were not disappointed.
Although Tesla’s website indicates the Model S Plaid has a top speed of 200 mph, this is impossible due to existing software limits. For the time being, the Model S Plaid has a top speed of 175 mph. The Plaid’s top speed was limited to 163 mph when it was first released. It was boosted by 12 mph with a January software update, which also included the addition of a Track Mode.
Nonetheless, Ingenext’s Plaid easily surpassed 200 mph before spiking at 216 mph. Supercars, not 2-ton sedans, are capable of such speeds. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, for instance, boasts a top speed of 216 mph. The McLaren P1 (one of the most iconic hypercars of the 2010s) has a top speed of 217 mph.
Ingenext accomplished this accomplishment using a 1.8-mile runway at Trois-Rivières Airport. In addition to the limiter removal, Ingenext outfitted the Plaid with Mountainpass Performance brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Aside from those tweaks, the Plaid was completely stock. Guillaume André, the CEO of Ingenext, was handling the pedal.
This isn’t the first time an electric automobile has topped 200 mph. For example, a prototype Lucid Air achieved 235 mph in 2017. Although the production Air Grand Touring has a top speed of 168 miles per hour, it would be interesting to see Ingenext remove its limitation and perform a similar test to see if it can outperform Plaid.