What just happened? Tesla’s electric vehicles have historically been quick, but most would not classify them as fast given their relatively modest top speeds. That changes today with the introduction of the Model S Plaid track package.
Tesla says the new package is designed for the ultimate track experience, delivering high-speed stability, maximum cornering capabilities, and repeatable stopping power.
The kit includes a full brake system upgrade comprised of two 410 x 40mm carbon-silicon carbide front rotors, two 410 x 32mm carbon-silicon carbide rear rotors, two 6-piston one-piece, forged front calipers with high-performance brake pads, two 4-piston one-piece, forged rear calipers with high-performance brake pads, dual parking brakes, and track-ready brake fluid.
Buyers will also receive new wheels and tires consisting of two 20X10J, Zero-G wheels with 285/35R20 Goodyear Supercar 3R tires (front) and two 20X11J, Zero-G wheels with 305/30R20 Goodyear Supercar 3R tires (rear), as well as TPMS Zero-G center caps, valve stems and lug nut covers.
A firmware update accompanies the purchase, unlocking a new top speed of 200 mph.
Tesla said the new package is compatible with Model S Plaid vehicles from model year 2021 and newer. The automaker also advises against using the Goodyear Supercar 3R tires in the winter when temperatures fall below 40 Fahrenheit (5 C) or in snowy / icy conditions.
The Model S Plaid track package will be available starting in June and can be purchased in the Tesla app. Pricing is listed at $15,000 – $20,000. The tire and wheel package is also available as a standalone option for $6,000.
A new Model S Plaid starts at $107,490 according to Tesla’s online configuration tool. The Model S with Plaid trim is the quickest accelerating car in production today and can reach 60 mph from a stop in 1.99 seconds with an EPA estimated range of 392 miles on a single charge. Its three high performance motors generate a combined 1,020 horsepower that is good for a quarter mile time of 9.23 seconds at 155 mph.