Tesla Model S Plaid runs sub-9-second 1/4-mile for first time

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A Tesla Model S Plaid ran a sub-9-second 1/4-mile for the first time at Maryland International Raceway in the United States.

The Model S Plaid is Tesla’s crown jewel of performance. It is the fastest vehicle currently offered in Tesla’s lineup of vehicles and is currently the fastest four-door production vehicle on Earth with a 1.99-second 0-60 MPH acceleration rate. The Model S has set numerous speed records, including the fastest 1/4-mile, beating the record the Bugatti Chiron Sport set in 2018. The Model S Plaid ran a 9.247 1/4-mile that day at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California, but improved on that time recently, according to one owner.

George Dodworth and his wife Christine state their Model S Plaid has become the first Tesla in the world to reach an 8-second quarter-mile. During a drag strip session at Maryland Raceway, The vehicle had an average speed of 125.10 MPH during its run and a top speed of just over 155 MPH, completing the run in 8.944 seconds, making it a new record.

They announced the record through an Instagram post (via Electrek🙂

The Model S is now, technically, the second-fastest all-electric vehicle in the world, following the $2 million 2021 Rimac Nevera, which used four electric motors to run an 8.6 and 8.7 quarter-mile earlier this year, according to CarWowDespite this, the Model S is produced much more often and has many real-world owners compared to its supercar rival, which draws an ungodly 1,914 horsepower.

The Model S remains Tesla’s most high-performance vehicle, and it is likely that times under the 9-second threshold will occur more often in the future. Tesla has continued to improve on the performance of its vehicles through software updates, modifications, and other forms of improvements. Earlier this week, the company released a $20,000 Ceramic Brake Kit for the Model S Plaid, aiming to improve handling and performance in track settings for those who take their all-electric sedan to closed courses.

The Model S Plaid is currently available for $129,990 on Tesla’s website. It is available for delivery in June 2022 with 21″ wheels, and October 2022 with 20″ wheels.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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