Model s plaid

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2021 Tesla Model S Plaid: InsideEVs 70 MPH range test

According to the tests from InsideEVs, they got exactly 300 miles with the Plaid S and the 21-inch Arachnid wheels.

From issue #189

6 people in the Tesla Model X Plaid vs Porsche 992 Turbo S drag race

The Porsche was the fastest from the start line, but the Model X Plaid quickly caught up and finished the 1/4 mile in 10.326 vs 10.427 for the Porsche.

From issue #219

A detailed comparison: Model S Plaid vs 2020 Model S Raven

Great Twitter thread by an owner of both cars, in their own words, " while these cars may LOOK alike, they are absolutely NOT the same".

From issue #194

Doug Demuro & Marques Brownlee discuss Model S Plaid

We have included each of their videos reviewing the Plaid, this time they discuss their impressions together, take a look!

From issue #178

FeynLab Self Heal Lite & PPF install in a Model S Plaid

Check out this brand new Model S Plaid get the best protection with a PPF front coverage and FeynLab Self Heal Lite ceramic coating installs to keep its dark paint looking its absolute best– long-term. Check it out!

From issue #219

FeynLab Self Heal Lite & PPF install in a Model S Plaid

In case you missed this, check out a brand new Model S Plaid getting the best protection with a PPF front coverage and FeynLab Self Heal Lite ceramic coating installs to keep its dark paint looking its absolute best– long-term. (Pst! Check out Feynlab’s Self Heal Plus).

From issue #225

Is the Plaid yoke not for you? Replace it with a circular steering wheel

If you are not a fan of the Yoke, this is your opportunity! Pimp My EV has launched a traditional, fully circular, steering wheel replacement for Tesla Model S and Model X Plaid owners. Check it out!

From issue #200

Jay Breaks a world record in a Tesla Plaid

Finally, the video of Jay Leno breaking the world record for the 1/4 mile with an impressive 9.247 seconds, from 9.4 seconds. By the time the video was posted another Tesla owner achieved 8.994 seconds with a modified Model S Plaid. Holy smokes!

From issue #189

Jay Leno’s Garage to feature record-setting Tesla Model S Plaid

On November 10, 2021, at 10:00 pm EST (7:00 pm PST), Jay Leno’s Garage will be airing the footage of the Tesla Model S Plaid officially setting the record as the fastest production car over the 1/4 mile.

From issue #186

June 15th price increases

Changes are:

  • Model 3 LR - $2k increase, now $58k
  • Model Y LR - $3k increase, now $66k
  • Model Y Performance - $2k increase, now $70k
  • Model X - $6k increase, now $121k
  • Model S - $5k increase, now $105k
From issue #221

Last chance to win a Tesla Model S Plaid 🏆

Visit, enter the sweepstakes now, and get 500 free entries with promo code TESLETTER. Donations will support One Tree Planted, a charity whose mission is to help the environment by planting trees.

From issue #221

Model S Plaid Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit

Tesla just released a carbon ceramic brake kit for the Model S Plaid. These brakes give the Model S better track performance. The price, however, might be a bit steep for some, $20,000 🤑

From issue #192

Model S Plaid vs Raven Comparison

What is the difference between the Raven and the Plaid Model S, you ask? DragTimes just did a video on that.

From issue #174

New swivel screen for Tesla Model S Plaid

We included a video of the swivel last week, here is another one but with more detail. What do you think? Do you think it’s useful?

From issue #215

Plaid is ~460V at 90% SOC. Just charged 15% > 90% in 35 minutes

Or what is the same, it added ~260 miles of range in just 35 min, not bad at all!

From issue #171

Plaid logo back to be in Plaid cars

According to a source of our friends at Tesla Owners East Bay, Plaid will stop coming with the “PLAID” lettered badging and will have a similar to the first few delivered Plaid graphical logo, although slightly more flush & smooth.

From issue #204

Tesla has configured the Model S Plaid battery pack for speed — Sandy Munro’s teardown reveals deep insights

In the analysis, Munro placed the Model S Plaid and Model Y battery packs side-by-side to explain the differences and comparisons between both. This article does a great summary of what Sandy found in the Plaid’s battery pack, which unsurprisingly has been built to deliver a lot of power at once.

From issue #223

Tesla Model S Plaid is 2,5x times faster from 100-200 kph (62 mph-125 mph) than the Model 3 Performance

And we all thought the Model 3 Performance was fast. This car is a missile!

From issue #170

Tesla Model S Plaid just set an official world speed record for a production electric car at Nurburgring

You can experience the fastest EV to track Nurburgring from inside the car in this video. This Model S Plaid was almost straight from the factory, Elon Musk said they will be back with some racing modifications soon.

From issue #181

Tesla Model S Plaid sets quarter-mile record: 8.83 seconds at 161mph

To achieve the 8.83 seconds, the owner did “some serious weight reduction while keeping full stock exterior appearance, door handles, and windows/power windows.”

From issue #220

Tesla Model S Plaid Teardown

Here is the playlist with the full teardown. 4 videos of Sandy Munro’s teardown of the Model S 🍿

From issue #201

Tesla Model S Plaid tilting display mechanism analyzed and confirmed in teardown

The tilting of the refreshed Model S was one of the highly anticipated features, but so far it hasn’t been delivered to users. In the recent teardown done by Sandy Munro, he shows that the screen actually comes with the tilting mechanism, and they analyzed it. It seems to be functional, except for the missing motors. Maybe this can be retrofitted in the future?

From issue #205

Tesla Model S Plaid vs P100D

Even after a headstart, the Plaid dominates the drag race. What a beast!

From issue #214

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S 1/4 Mile Drag Race

Were you wondering how the new Plaid did against the Taycan? DragTimes just tested it. Spoiler alert, the Taycan owner ordered a Plaid Model S on the spot after seeing it in action.

From issue #175

Tesla Model Y orders open in Europe

GigeBerlin isn’t ready yet, but if you are in Europe and want a Model Y, you can order it now and get it MIC. If you are considering ordering a Tesla, and we have helped you, please consider using our referral code

From issue #172

Tesla Plaid - 12-volt Lithium Battery

The 12-volt battery has historically been one of the most problematic points for Tesla. In my case, I had to have it replaced under guarantee a year or so after I got delivery of my car. In order to correct this, Tesla is now including a 12-volt lithium battery in the refreshed Model S. Here is a teardown of the battery.

From issue #189

Tesla Plaid - Battery torn open

Pack’s data obtained from the BMS:

  • Beginning of Life Pack Energy: 99KWh
  • Nominal Energy Remaining: 32KWh
  • Nominal Full Pack Energy: 95KWh
  • Charge Total: 1564.13KWh
  • Discharge Total: 1484.05KWh
From issue #186

Tesla Plaid S trolls a Lamborghini on the track

They are close, but that is because the driver of the Plaid S stops pressing on the pedal at times 😂

From issue #176

Tesla Release Notes 2021.44.30

Notes courtesy of Greentheonly:

  • Track mode for Model S Plaid.
  • The heat pump system cools more aggressively.
  • A track-focused interface for the track mode
  • Cool weather hits
From issue #197

The Tesla Model S Plaid is the world’s fastest (and coolest) sedan

A great in-depth review by Doug DeMuro. Go to 31:58 to see his reaction to the acceleration 😂 “It is nothing that I’ve ever driven, ever, ever!”

From issue #177

What has two thumbwheels and is fully functional?

Ryan Huber transformed his Plaid Model S with the Yoke into what he calls Plaid Plus Plus using the steering wheel and stalks from the Model 3. In the video, you can see it is fully functional. Wait until the very end 😂

From issue #189

Your center console can go Plaid

Our friends at Tesbros just launched a console wrapped inspired by the movie Spaceballs, “They’ve gone into Plaid!”.

From issue #208