Tesla Model S Plaid exceeds 200 mph top speed for the first time
A Tesla Model S Plaid that was hacked to remove software limitations has reached a top speed of over 200 mph (and even more) for the very first time, delivering on Tesla’s promise.
When Tesla first announced the Model S Plaid, its new flagship electric vehicle with peak performance, the automaker promised a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h). However, when first delivered last year, the vehicle “only” had a top speed of 163 mph (262 km/h).
Earlier this year, Tesla launched a new “track mode” for the Model S Plaid that pushed the top speed to 175 mph (282 km/h).
As far as we know, this is the fastest top speed a Tesla Model S Plaid or any Tesla vehicle has achieved to date. It’s unclear what’s really stopping Tesla from activating the promised top speed of 200 mph. It could be the brakes, which Tesla is now offering to upgrade with a carbon ceramic kit for $20,000, or it could also be worries about the three motors or the battery.
What’s now clear is that Tesla wasn’t lying about the vehicle being able to hit 200 mph because I saw a Plaid Model S achieve that this morning, but it wasn’t thanks to the Car manufacturer.
Ingenext, a Quebec-based company best known for selling modules that help unlock software-locked features in Tesla vehicles, has managed to circumvent the Model S Plaid’s software limitations to fully unlock top speed.
This morning, Guillaume André, CEO of Ingenextgot behind the wheel of his hacked Model S Plaid and attempted to break the top speed record at Trois-Rivières Airport in Quebec, Canada.
The Ingenext team have already tried to reach 200 mph with the vehicle in other places, but they literally ran out of space to reach this speed safely; Trois-Rivières airport has a runway approximately 3 km (1.8 miles) long which was perfect for the test. They briefly closed the track for Andre to make an attempt.
Ingenext’s Model S Plaid is essentially a production vehicle, except for the larger Mountainpass Performance brakes and higher performance tires (Michelin Pilot Super Sport) – mainly for safety reasons.
The only other modification is the Ingenext module, which allows them to bypass Tesla’s software restrictions.
Andre had about 1.2 miles (2 km) in his Tesla Model S Plaid to reach top speed to start decelerating about 6,000 feet, and it turned out he needed almost all that distance even with the brakes better, but the attempt was a success.
Not only did they manage to reach a top speed of 200 mph, fulfilling Tesla’s promise for the Model S Plaid, but the electric vehicle reached a top speed of 216 mph (348 km/h).
Here’s a quick video I made of the new Tesla Model S Plaid top speed record:
The sound was the craziest thing. It felt like a jet was taking off right in front of us, but no, it was just a family sedan going 216 mph. It’s also the loudest I’ve ever heard of Tesla’s cooling system trying to cool all three motors and the battery.
This is the first time a Tesla vehicle has reached a top speed of 216 mph and likely the first time a production electric vehicle has reached this speed. Also, I think it’s important to note that even though the Model S Plaid has hypercar-like performance, it’s still a 4-door family sedan, which also makes it quite impressive.
For now, it is the only S Plaid model with the ability unlocked, but Ingenext plans to release its module to the public soon with the ability unlocked and other features.
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