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A Tesla Model S fitted with a new powertrain dubbed “Plaid” set a new track record at Laguna Seca Raceway. Tesla shared a video Wednesday of the record run.
With a lap time of 1:36.555, Tesla bested all other four-door electric sedans. The previous record, 1:37.5, was set by a Tesla Model 3 Performance.
Obviously, the performance speaks well for the upcoming powertrain, which was teased by CEO Elon Musk when the next-generation Roadster was announced. Musk said “Plaid” enables greater performance than the company’s “Ludicrous” mode, which will help the car speed to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds.
Musk said Plaid Mode is still about a year away. It will be available for the S, X and Roadster, but not the 3 or Y.