Tesla adds a Track mode for track driving and a carbon-ceramic brake kit for even better performance capability to the Model S Plaid.
As earlier on the Tesla Model 3 Performance, a Track mode is now added to the Model S Plaid as an over-the-air update. Moreover, a carbon-ceramic brake kit at $20,000 will be available for the vehicle in the middle of this year, Car and Driver informs.
What is the Track Mode for?
1. It allows the driver to adjust or defeat the stability control system. For example, when this mode is on, the Tesla Model S Plaid’s dual rear motors can automatically adjust the torque to help the vehicle rotate through corners.
2. It optimizes powertrain cooling during racetrack driving, more precisely, pre-cools the powertrain to withstand the onslaught of heat as long as possible. To diminish the load on the brakes, regenerative braking is increased, while adaptive dampers remain in their Low mode.
3. It displays the powertrain temperatures, a lap timer, a g-meter, other configurable car information on the digital gauge cluster, and the new 17.0-inch touchscreen.
According to Tesla, in September 2021 Track Mode helped the Model S Plaid lap the full 12.9 miles of the Nürburgring race track in a time of 7:35.579. That was a new record for a production electric vehicle.
The manufacturer also promises the car that is now limited at 162 mph (262 km/h), will be able to achieve the top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h) due to a future software update.
In addition, the $20,000 carbon-ceramic brake kit should be available for the Tesla Model S Plaid in half a year. The kit is compatible only with optional 21-inch wheels.
The starting price of the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid in America is $135,690. This is for the 1020-HP car which accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.1 seconds. The new update should improve the performance of this already potent model.