A Tesla Model S Plaid or Plaid+ has been spotted tearing up the Laguna Seca Raceway with performance almost rivaling that of a hypercar.
A Tesla Model S Plaid+ prototype has been spotted tearing up the iconic Laguna Seca Raceway. The speedy electric vehicle reportedly performed as well as some of the fastest sports cars that have previously run the famous race track. The Model S has been in the market longer than any other Tesla vehicle, with its Plaid+ variant having significant performance gains over the standard Long Range model.
Tesla unveiled Plaid and Plaid+ variants for its Model S at the start of 2021, along with a Plaid variant for its Model X. The Plaid variants are high-performance versions of Tesla’s vehicles, offering tri-motor, all-wheel-drive setups with increased horsepower, acceleration, and top speeds. Tesla says the Model S Plaid+ can hit 60 mph from a standing start in under two seconds and tops out at 200 mph. The new variants have design changes too, as shown by the Model S Plaid that was spotted in the wild earlier this year.
Now, a plaid variant of the Model S has again been spotted, this time around in a hurry as it blitzes through the renowned Laguna Seca Raceway in California. What is presumed to be a Plaid+ model was said to be attempting lap records on the track, and even managed to secure an unconfirmed lap time of about 1 minute 30 seconds, according to a tweet from The Kilowatts. Motor1 says a prototype Model S Plaid previously managed to score a 1:36:55 lap time in Laguna Seca back in 2019 and followed that with a 1:30:30 lap time shortly after.
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The presume Model S Plaid+ that ran the track was seen sporting a retracting rear wing. This shows that it was going fast enough to require the additional downforce provided by the spoiler. A Tesla previously beat a beastly Mustang Shelby GT500 in a straight line, but these posts by The Kilowatts give an impression of how Tesla’s highest-performance car can handle a complex track like Laguna Seca. It’s thought the prototype’s lap times could have been as low as 1:29.
For reference, the fastest record times on the raceway were set using a McLaren Senna, a monstrous V8 hypercar, and a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which is arguably the fastest 911s currently in production. These scored 1:27 and 1:28 lap times, respectively, and at the very least the Model S Plaid+ seems to be close to those numbers. The Model S Plaid variants look well set to live up to the performance specs Tesla has claimed, which is even more notable given how comfortable the interiors of the Plaid variants look too.
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