Just in case you didn't think the Model S was quick enough...
Forgetting the Plaid for a moment, the base derivative of the Tesla Model S is a bewilderingly quick vehicle. 3.1 seconds to 60 mph is nothing to scoff at. If that's still too demure for you, the aforementioned Plaid can rocket to 60 mph in less than two seconds, making it one of the fastest accelerating cars in the world.
But enthusiasts are never satisfied with stock performance, finding ingenious ways to shave milliseconds off lap times or boost performance. This Model S P85D owner in search of more speed fitted his Tesla with three jet engines to make it even quicker. How would this jet-propelled Model S compare against the Model S Plaid?
AMS Performance met up with Warped Perception, the channel behind the wild Tesla, to find out which is quicker. The pair rocket down the damp stretch of road, the only noise coming from the thunderously loud jet engines. On the first run, the Plaid is left for dust as the jet-powered P85D rockets off the line.
It must be said, though, that the Plaid ran in Sport - not Drag Strip mode that enables the halo Model S to hit 60 mph in its claimed sub-two second sprint time. The second race sees the Plaid hang on to the jet-powered Tesla but, ultimately, it's no match for the thrust of its modded competitor.
Interestingly, the third race saw the Model S Plaid clinch a victory. Even though it wasn't in Drag Strip mode, it managed to storm ahead as one of its competitor's jet engines shut down. While interesting to see, the cold weather and damp road surface definitely impeded the progress of both Teslas. We would love to see a rematch on a prepared drag strip, with better weather conditions.
With Drag Strip mode enabled - and better circumstances - we're pretty sure the Plaid could give the jet-powered P85D a proper run for its money, and if not, we hold out hope that the Plaid Plus may yet be born.