Record: Tesla Model S Plaid drives 348 km/h

Record drive in the USA! It’s no longer a secret that a Tesla Model S is fast. Especially when we talk about the Model S Plaid, introduced in 2021, which gets an incredible 750 kW (1020 hp) from three electric motors. With an insane 0-100 km/h time of just 2.1 seconds, the Tesla puts most supercars and hypercars to shame, as numerous videos prove. Only when it came to top speed, the Model S Plaid couldn’t really keep up with Lambo, Ferrari and Co – until now!


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160 km/h: Many electric cars do not drive faster. VW ID.3, Cupra Born and Co are limited to a maximum of 160 km/h. However, individual, mostly higher-priced models such as Mercedes EQS and Porsche Taycan can reach 250 or even 260 km/h. Tesla is even faster! When the Model S Plaid was announced, Elon Musk made a big promise that the top-of-the-range 1020 hp model would be able to do 200 mph. Translated into the metric system, that’s 322 km/h. The problem: So far, the Model S Plaid has not even come close to reaching this value.

Model S Plaid slower than promised ex works

Initially it was limited to 262 km/h (163 mph), but with the Track Mode update 282 km/h (175 mph) should be possible. Although the Model S Plaid is significantly faster than the majority of all currently available electric cars, it is also much slower than promised. Confusing: Even on the German Tesla website, the Model S Plaid is certified as having a top speed of 322 km/h (with the reference to vehicle specifications in US figures).

Tesla tuner “Ingenext” now claims to have hacked and modified the software of the company’s Model S Plaid in such a way that the Vmax limiter is bypassed. The proof comes from the white Model S in a video from “”. The high-speed run took place on a 2.9-kilometer airfield in Quebec, Canada.

The video from the driver’s perspective impressively shows how the Tesla simply keeps accelerating beyond 150 mph (241 km/h). Curious: Above 186 mph (299 km/h), the speedometer turns red (perhaps because the Model S wasn’t designed to go that fast?), but that doesn’t detract from the acceleration.

The Tesla manages 347.62 km/h

At 216 mph or the equivalent of 347.62 km/h, the driver takes their foot off the gas and brakes. However, it seems that the Model S Plaid could have done even faster.

The video then explains that the Tesla was practically in series production. Apart from the software hack, only a larger brake system and new tires were fitted. The stronger brake system in particular was probably a good idea – there have recently been several accidents with Model S that were due to brake failure.

No official record

Of course, this top speed run is not an official record. Not only was a calibrated GPS measuring device on board missing, but also the fact that the run would have had to be repeated in the opposite direction. Nevertheless, the video impressively shows how much speed reserves are in the Model S Plaid and so the Tesla could keep up with Lambo, Ferrari and Co in terms of top speed.

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