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Tesla Model S Plaid Is Going Drag Racing, Should Be a Track Monster

The Tesla Model S Plaid goes drag racing, and it's got all the credentials of a track monster. How did it get here? Bisimoto and Unplugged Performance are to blame for it.
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The two teamed up to create a monster that eats up seconds on the track. A car that all others would only get to see from behind, the eat-my-dust kind of vehicle. The project started with fitting 20-inch UP-03 lightweight forged wheels with 275-wide Toyota R888R tires at the front and 305s at the rear. An adjustable billet rear camber kit was also installed, together with a tow hitch kit, just in case, plus a specially designed parachute mount.

The latter two are standard requirements from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). The regulation requires all cars that exceed 150 mph (241 kph) in the quarter mile to be fitted with that kind of safety equipment.

Unplugged Performance and Bisimoto worked together to optimize traction and reduce drag. The two still keep the new performance figures under wraps, but Unplugged showed an image with the result that the car achieved in a 1/8 mile, and it is a little over 6 seconds.

For the moment, the Tesla Model S Plaid looks pretty stock. About a month ago, Unplugged Performance came up with a body kit for what they called the Dark Night Tesla.

But it doesn’t seem to be the case of this track monster. All that the teaser images show is a Model S Plaid with a lowered suspension, a move that significantly brings it closer to the tarmac, and a livery displaying the name of the two startups that worked on the project. If it will also go through a plastic surgery by the time it hits the racetrack, that remains to be seen.

Bisimoto’s CEO, Bisi Ezerioha, is in charge of documenting every stage of the project and uploading every video on YouTube. We will get to see the final product at the Electrify Expo in Miami this weekend. That is when we will find out more information about the performance of the car.

Until that moment, though, the Tesla Model S Plaid is powered by three electric motors, which generate a total of 1,020 horsepower (1,033 P) and 1,050 pound-feet (1,420 Newton meters) of torque. A one-speed transmission and permanent all-wheel drive system deliver everything toward both axles.

When Track mode is engaged, the Model S Plaid is indeed a track weapon. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.99 seconds, which makes it one of the quickest cars out there. It also runs the quarter mile in only 9.3 seconds. Top speed goes all the way to 200 mph (322 kph). We can’t wait to see how those figures have changed after Bisimoto and Unplugged Performance worked on the super sedan.

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