Tesla Model S Plaid Sets Quarter-Mile Time In The 8s

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First mass-production car to get into the 8s over the quarter-mile.

Tesla is breaking records all over the world with the Model S Plaid.

Jay Leno set a blistering quarter-mile record of 9.24 seconds, and then it went on to decimate the Porsche Taycan Turbo's time at the Nurburgring. It also holds the production car record at Laguna Seca Raceway. Great to see that it's not just fast in a straight line, then.

Shortly after Jay Leno set the record, it changed ownership again. Nichole Elff took it from him at the World Wide Technology Raceway with a 9.08 second run at 154 mph.

You can see the video of that achievement below, and we have to say it's pretty eerie to see a car blast over the finish line in near silence.

Recently, there was another change of ownership, though neither Tesla nor the driver was particularly vocal about it. The driver, Christine Dodworth, made some minor modifications to the Model S in question. The passenger seats was removed to save weight, and the car was fitted with stickier road-legal rubber.

The result was a quarter-mile time of 8.994 seconds, which makes Tesla the first manufacturer to produce a car that can get into the 8s. At the half-track marker, the car set a time of 5.816 at 125 mph. It crossed the line at 155.10 mph.

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The Model S Plaid is a colossal engineering achievement. It provides hypercar performance, seating for five, and a large trunk-all for just $129,990. If you don't want an EV, you'd have to spend $368,000 on a McLaren 675LT to get closest to the Tesla's time.

To be fair, there is one car that's officially faster. The Rimac Revera recently set an official quarter-mile time of 8.582 seconds.

While Rimac's time is undoubtedly epic, it makes Tesla's achievement even more impressive. The Revera has four electric motors producing 1,914 hp and 1,740 lb-ft of torque. Oh, and it costs about $2.5 million.

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