Tesla Model S Plaid is now the world’s fastest production vehicle: Car sets the record for quarter-mile race at Maryland International
- The Tesla Model S Plaid is the first production vehicle to finish the quarter mile in under nine seconds
- The record was set this month at the Maryland International Motor Speedway
- Tesla hit 125.10 mph during the flight, finishing the race in 8.944 seconds.
- The record also makes it the second-fastest all-electric car, after the $2 million 2021 Rimac Nevera.
Tesla’s Model S Plaid is the first production car to complete the quarter mile in under nine seconds.
The car, driven by American race car driver Kristen Dodworth, reached 125.10 mph during the trip, finishing the race at the Maryland International Speedway in 8.944 seconds.
The Model S was stock, meaning it came straight from the factory with no modifications, and the passenger seat was only removed to reduce weight.
The record also puts Tesla as the world’s second-fastest all-electric car, after the $2 million 2021 Rimac Niviera, which used four electric motors to power 8.6 and 8.7 quarter-miles earlier this year.
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Tesla’s Model S Plaid is the first production car to complete the quarter mile in under nine seconds
The news was shared with the release of a video clip, showing Dodworth behind the wheel of a black S Plaid.
The car ignites its engines and takes off in a straight path, as first reported by Electreck.
“For Tesla the whole world in the ’80s, Kristen Dodworth,” Kristen’s husband, George Dodworth, can be heard saying dramatically behind the starting line.
Tesla found that Elon Musk said the Model S Plaid is able to complete the quarter mile in just 9.23 seconds, but Dodworth’s record shows he can complete the run in less time.
The car, driven by American race car driver Kristen Dodworth, reached 125.10 mph during the trip, finishing the race at the Maryland International Raceway in 8.944 seconds.
The record also places Tesla as the second fastest all-electric vehicle in the world, after the $2 million Rimac Neverra (pictured)
George shared his Instagram video of getting the car done, with a post that reads: “We’ve been ready to make the attempt for a few months but between work and the weather it just hasn’t been possible. Which color! Do we have your interest yet?
Musk, along with Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, introduced the nearly $130,000 car earlier in June, proudly sharing it from zero to 60 in less than two seconds.
Shipping began June 11, a new iteration of the nine-year luxury sedan.
According to the company’s website, the three-engine Model S Plaid has a range of 390 miles, a top speed of 200 mph and 1,020 horsepower.
The Model S was also stock, meaning it came straight from the factory with no modifications, and the passenger seat was only removed to reduce weight. The picture is the time card
With a dual-motor configuration, it can travel 412 miles on a single charge, and Musk said it’s capable of traveling 187 miles on just a 15-minute charge.
Plaid is a nod to Musk’s love of the movie Spaceballs, updating the Model S with “funny speed” in the past, a reference to the 1987 Mel Brooks comedy.
Musk announced another speed record set by the Model S Plaid in September.
The car completed a full lap on Germany’s 13-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife in seven minutes 35.579 seconds.
The time exceeded the Porsche Taycan Turbo’s best in 2019 at seven minutes 42 seconds.