The dyno couldn't handle the insane amount of instant torque.
The Tesla Model S Plaid attracted controversy for its unconventional Yoke wheel design, but Tesla has once again set a new performance benchmark for electric sedans. Thanks to its triple electric motor setup, the Model S Plaid produces a combined 1,020 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque, enabling the potent electric sedan to hit 0-60 mph in less than two seconds according to Tesla. That makes it the quickest production car currently on sale.
We've watched Jay Leno set a new quarter-mile record, but we haven't seen the Model S Plaid get hooked up to a dyno to find out how much power it really makes - until now.
It turns out there's a good reason why we haven't seen the Model S Plaid hit the dyno yet: the amount of instant torque it generates is so insane, operators are worried it could break the dyno. Willing to take the risk, Dragtimes teamed up with Jack from HP Logic and hooked up a Model S Plaid to a dyno.
For its first run, the Model S Plaid was set to drag strip mode to enable maximum power and torque. There's also a hidden dyno mode that disables the traction, stability control, and emergency braking to test the electric sedan on a dyno. In the first test, Jack tries his best to avoid damaging the dyno and gently accelerates, but it doesn't take long for the Model S Plaid to start shaking violently.
It looks like the Model S Plaid is trying to jump off the dyno like a caged animal trying to break free. For the second test, Dyno Mode was disabled, but the Model S Plaid was still holding back power. Ultimately, in three tests the Model S Plaid was not putting down as much power as it should. Dragtimes promises to reach out to Tesla and find out how to get the Model S Plaid set up properly for dyno testing. Chances are, the Model S Plaid will generate over 1,000 horsepower to the wheels, suggesting that it could be even more powerful than Tesla claims. Hopefully, it won't be long until we find out.