Jay Leno Sets 9.24s Quarter-Mile Record In Tesla Model S Plaid

by AutoExpert   |  5 January, 2022

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Jay Leno was asked to take a Tesla Model S Plaid down the dragstrip at Pomona Raceway in California, where he ran a quarter-mile ET of 9.247 secs at 152.09 mph. Production automobiles have never run this fast before.

This implies that the Tesla Model S Plaid is faster than the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which finished the quarter-mile in 9.65 secs and was disqualified by the NHRA for being too fast without extra safety features. The Bugatti Chiron Sport, which set the previous record with a time of 9.4 seconds, has now been surpassed.

The Model S Plaid's stated quarter-mile time is 9.23 seconds. The business also claims a 0-60 mph time of fewer than 2.0 seconds. Furthermore, Rimac claims that its Nevera electric hypercar can complete the quarter-mile in 8.6 secs, while Czinger claims that its 21C hybrid hypercar can pass the tests in just 8.1 secs. Both of these vehicles cost almost $2 million and seat just two people, while the Tesla is a family-sized car that starts at $131,190 with delivery.

A new three-motor powerplant with a peak output of 1,020 horsepower lies at the heart of the Plaid variants. At around 60 mph, the Model S Plaid's engine will reach its peak 1,020-hp rating, which it will retain until it reaches its max speed of 200 mph. Tesla expects the range to be 390 miles, with 187 miles gained in 15 minutes using high-speed charging. 

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