Thursday, 27 May 2021 21:10

On The Lighter Side: Tesla Model S Plaid Might Have Set A 1/4-Mile Record With Jay Leno

Written by Michael Cantu, INSIDEEVs


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If it's an official run, the Model S Plaid is the current record holder.

A source from Drive Tesla Canada might have delivered some of the biggest Tesla news of the year. We can’t confirm the validity of these claims but they are impressive.


According to the source who attended the event, a Tesla Model S Plaid set a quarter-mile time of 9.23 seconds with a trap speed of 152.16 mph. If those claims are accurate and official, then the Model S Plaid now holds the production car record for the fastest quarter-mile time.

The quarter-mile run was done at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California on May 11.

What’s interesting is that the time matches exactly what Tesla advertises on its website and just barely beats the Lucid Air prototype’s time of 9.245 seconds done last year.

The source claims the Plaid did the quarter-mile run with a full interior, but we do not know what wheels and tires were used. We also don’t know if it was timed with a one-foot rollout or if it was a standing quarter-mile. Since it was on a drag strip, the run was likely timed with the rollout.

The one-foot rollout matters more if used in 0-60 times (as explained in this video) but not so much with quarter-mile times. Still, for reference, it takes a very fast car about 0.20 seconds to get to one foot.


Drive Tesla Canada saw the footage but didn’t share it in order to protect the identity of its source. However, the source claims the footage will be shown on...

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