Elon Musk sent out a tweeted yesterday saying the Tesla Model S “just set record for fastest 4 door ever at Laguna Seca” And there’s video evidence of its 1:36.555 time. In a description, Tesla said this Model S is equipped with its “Plaid powertrain” and a chassis prototype.
Musk’s plans for the Plaid has certainly changed because in 2016 he tweeted that Plaid would be reserved for the upcoming Roadster. He explained today in another tweet that the triple motor Plaid setup is “about a year away,” with plans to make it available into the Model S, X and Roadster, but not the cheaper/smaller Model 3 or Y.
Yes. To be clear, Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production & applies to S,X & Roadster, but not 3 or Y. Will cost more than our current offerings, but less than competitors.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019
CNBC notes that, according to a raceway spokesperson, official times can only be set during sanctioned events. So while this lap is faster than the time a 2016 CTS-V a few years ago, it’s not raceway official.