Tesla Model S Plaid Has Broken The 200mph Top Speed For The First Time
A Tesla Model S Plaid has been able to break the 200mph barrier for the first time, according to a new report.
Tesla’s car was first announced to have been capable of 200mph, but the first delivered cars were only good for around 163 mph.
That was increased when Tesla released a new Track Mode for the car, with 175 then becoming the maximum speed the car was capable of.
However, Ingenext, a company that makes modules that unlock additional Tesla car performance, has now shown off a Model S Plaid doing the 200 mph sprint.
The Ingenext team has tried to reach 200 mph with the vehicle before at other locations, but they literally ran out of space to safely reach that speed; the Trois-Rivières airport has a ~3 km (1.8-mile) long runway that was perfect for the test. They briefly shut down the runway for André to make attempt.
The car being used is a stock production vehicle with bigger brakes and new tires, according to the report. The only other change is an Ingenext module, the device that bypasses Tesla’s speed restrictions — unlocking that new top speed of 216mph according to the speedo. The real top speed was likely slower, however, with those speedos tending to over-read for various reasons.