Electric technology: for the first time a Tesla exceeds 320 km / h

Electric technology: for the first time a Tesla exceeds 320 km / h

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The dash shows 216 mph, which is 347 km/h no less.

If it weren’t for the electronic speed controls, a Tesla Model S Plaid, the most powerful car of the Elon Musk brand that exceeds 1,000 hp, was supposed to reach a speed of 320 km/h. The reason for that figure and no other is that the car does not measure kilometers per hour but miles per hour, and the barrier that is supposed to differentiate between cars and supercars is set for some reason at 200 mp/h.

But those controls with which all high-performance cars come off the production line, lower the maximum speed to acceptable numbers or more or less controllable. It happens with almost all high-power models, which are limited to 250 km/hand in order to fully exploit their features, you have to “unlock” them.

Thus, the Tesla Model S Plaid had a limit at 163 mp/h which is equivalent to 263 km/hand although it was updated with a “track mode” of 175 mph or 282 km/halways remained below the promised aspirational mark.

The car, in addition to unlocking the electronic speed limitation, was equipped with special brakes and tires
The car, in addition to unlocking the electronic speed limitation, was equipped with special brakes and tires

And although it has not been Tesla that has done it, someone decided to check if the theory was endorsed by reality. It is a Canadian company called Ingenextwhich specializes in modules that help unlock software-locked features in vehicles like Teslas.

To check, Choosing a safe place was very important and given that in Canada there are no Indianapolis, Daytona or Talladega-style ovals for a car to develop its speed freely with adequate protection, the option is an extensive air landing strip. He chose the Trois-Rivières airport, which has an extension of about 3 kilometers with the corresponding escapesand that’s where the trial went this June 30.

The Tesla Model S Plaid launched at 347 km/h, a speed it reached before 2,000 meters
The Tesla Model S Plaid launched at 347 km/h, a speed it reached before 2,000 meters

The calculations said that the car needed almost 2 kilometers to reach the maximum speed, so it only had 1,000 meters to decelerate and brake in time before the track ended.

For that reason, at Tesla Model S Plaidin addition to unlocking the electronic limitation of its three electric motors, it was equipped with a higher performance brake system and special tires with range for high speed.

The attempt was successful to such a level that the car not only reached 320 km/h, but also surpassed them by reaching 216 mp/h, that is, 347 km/h.nothing less, and he did it before 2,000 meters, which allowed him to brake without difficulty.

The Trois-Rivières airport runway was the place chosen by Ingenext to carry out the test, since it is 3 kilometers long
The Trois-Rivières airport runway was the place chosen by Ingenext to carry out the test, since it is 3 kilometers long

Beyond the brand that puts it within a range of benefits of a supercar, the reality is that the Model S Plaid is a 4-door saloon, so although unofficial, it could be considered that this has been a record mark that puts the model as the fastest series-production electric car in the world.

And although it is a brand that only serves for the anecdote because it is difficult for someone to buy a Tesla to go faster than a supercar, It is interesting to see that speed is possible to achieve in a car that, by itself, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.1 seconds and that costs $130,000.

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