Elon Musk, Model S Plaid, Tesla

Nine years ago, the Tesla Model S made its debut and changed the automotive world as we know it. It marked Tesla’s coming of age, with the brand’s first independently produced car; it was fast, plus, spacious. In essence, it managed to combine supercar performance with luxury car comfort. Cars were never the same again.

Enter the all-new Tesla Model S Plaid. It’s just been launched by a leather-jacket-wearing Elon Musk, whose penchant for revealing technological breakthroughs with the nonchalance of a high schooler talking about a rad “science” project, remains unchanged. The latest “Delivery” event was live-streamed from Fremont, California and saw Musk bring in the latest, fastest Tesla by launching it, flat out, on a quarter-mile runway, not far away from the site where the first Model S was manufactured. So what makes the new Model S, as momentous a car as the first one?

Performance that goes “Beyond Ludicrous”

Honestly, the performance figures on this make the original Tesla Roadster seem like a wheelbarrow in comparison. The Model S Plaid has a tri-motor setup, delivering 1020hp of peak power, across the entire rev range, right up to its 321 kph (top speed). Elon Musk doesn’t shy away from bragging about it’s acceleration. “It’ll hit you right in the limbic system”.

Straight away, he talks about the car’s phenomenal acceleration. “It’ll hit you right in the limbic system. We wanted to make a spaceship out of a car”. The Tesla Model S Plaid has a tri-motor setup, which delivers 1020 hp of peak power across the rev band. It hits 0-100 kph in 1.99 seconds. It’s the quickest production car, of any kind, to be ever made. “It’s also the fastest production car to complete a quarter mile” (400 metres) according to Musk.

It doesn’t end there. The new Model S Plaid, features all new battery architecture, which, in Plaid configuration gives the Model S a range of 627km on a single charge. Even Supercharging speed has been optimised, says Musk, adding that the new car can obtain roughly 300km worth of charge “before you can finish a cup of coffee”. In other words, it does it in under 15 minutes.

The Plaid packs an all-new battery pack, new carbon sleeper rotors and torque vectoring – the latter allowing the optimal distribution of power to individual wheels in milliseconds. Musk claims that the car is so quick that the centrifugal force attempts to expand the rotors, and it’s the carbon componentry that keeps it all together.

Part of its outrageous acceleration figure is also due to the fact that this is the slipperiest car ever made. “The Tesla Model S Plaid has the lowest drag coefficient of any car ever made. And we’ve tested that while the wheels were in motion”. It has also been engineered for maximum safety, and while no independently assessed crash safety assessment has verified this claim, Musk claims that it has been designed to get a five star safety rating and is essentially, “faster than any Porsche. Safer than any Volvo” dealing one more in a series of cripping blows to European prestige car brands.

It must be noted that despite their being zero Superchargers in 2012, the Model S became a runaway success. Today, Musk claims, there are 25000 of them across the world. “We’re just going to keep building new ones” he added, with not inconsiderable glee.

Elon Musk, Model S Plaid, Tesla

A cockpit from the future

When renderings of the Model S Plaid’s interiors first broke cover, many were skeptical whether any of it would make its way to the production model. After all, an F1-style yoke steering wheel is usually what conventional carmakers would use on “never-going-to-be-real” concept cars. While the jury’s still out on just how legal such a steering would be in different parts of the world, Tesla claims that it has been optimised for Autopilot – Tesla’s patented self-driving software which is deemed to grow increasingly autonomous in the near future.

It’s due to the expected advancement of Autopilot that Tesla has felt bold enough to place a 17”, horizontal screen in the middle of the dashboard, because, with the car driving itself, in-car entertainment will take on far more importance than before. Mid-presentation, the car’s infotainment screen started to play the game Cyberpunk, in order to demonstrate its graphic processing capabilities. “It can play games at 60FPS. It’s basically as powerful as a PS5” said Musk. It even has wireless controller compatibility so you can game from any seat in the car. Even the rear seat, where legroom is a major improvement over the previous Model S.

The navigation has also been optimised to automatically point out superchargers along your route.

The Forecast

Elon Musk, Model S Plaid, Tesla

It’s not impossible to extract more straight-line speed from electric cars. Rimac even launched a supercar not too long ago, which, until this moment, was the fastest production car. But to do it in a luxury sedan, with a sub-600km range, an advanced autonomous driving system and series-production levels of reliability (the Rimac is limited to a few hundreds) is what gives Tesla the sort of advantage that prestige carmakers can only hope to overcome in the near future. A lot of these claims need to be field tested. But at present, it would take a while for any carmaker to match Tesla in terms of performance, ecosystem and software technology.

The Model S was and remains, the blueprint for EVs for the remainder of the decade.


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