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A Remote Control Car Steps Up Against The Invincible Model S Plaid... And Defeats It!

The Model S Plaid was in a league of its own in straight-line races; until now

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The folks at ‘That Racing Channel’ laid their hands on the new Tesla Model S Plaid. We’ve seen the quickest production EV in action many times, but it still manages to surprise us every single time. The Model S Plaid has slaughtered the GT-R on a drag strip in the past, and a slightly tweaked version has made short work of the Pikes Peak recently. All this made the Tesla Model S look invincible, but the car seems to finally its kryptonite. No, it’s not a high-end supercar or a new ’Performance’ (pun intended) EV; it’s a remote control car! Sounds insane, doesn’t it?

The Model S Plaid Is No Match For This RC Car

A Remote Control Car Steps Up Against The Invincible Model S Plaid... And Defeats It!
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The Tesla Model S Plaid comes with a tri-motor setup that makes 1,020 horses combined

Let’s get the specs out of the way. The Tesla Model S Plaid comes with a tri-motor setup that makes 1,020 horses combined. The RC car you see here is not just a toy. To describe it from an automotive point, it comes with a six-battery setup in the stock form, but features an eight-cell setup here. It is powered by Castle 17x17 motors and features an all-wheel-drive system.

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid specifications
Powertrain Electric
Power 1,020 HP
0 to 60 mph 1.99 seconds
Top Speed 200 mph
Quarter mile 9.23 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
A Remote Control Car Steps Up Against The Invincible Model S Plaid... And Defeats It!
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The Model S Plaid can sprint to 60 mph from standstill in 1.99 seconds under ideal conditions. It has a top speed of 200 mph. People have managed to do this sprint in low two seconds in the real world, too. This remote control car is the Arrma Infraction car that can do 0-60 mph sprints in 1.83 seconds. For this race, the hardware has been upgraded and it can sprint to 60 mph in just 1.65 seconds. The car can complete one-eighth mile in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of over 135 mph. For those of you wondering about the price, it costs about $650.

How Was The Race?

A Remote Control Car Steps Up Against The Invincible Model S Plaid... And Defeats It!
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The folks at ‘That Racing Channel’ pit the Tesla Model S Plaid against a freakishly fast remote control car

They went up against each other thrice. The RC car slithered away in the first two races but couldn’t stay its course for long. But, till the time it did, it stayed ahead of the Plaid. For the third race, the tires were changed and the RC car kept its line. There were no cameras at the finish line, but the car stayed on par with the Model S Plaid till the very end. It looks like the Tesla Model S Plaid has finally found its match.

Why Is The Model S Plaid So Hyped?

A Remote Control Car Steps Up Against The Invincible Model S Plaid... And Defeats It!
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While the Model S Plaid can sprint from 0-60 mph in 1.99 seconds under ideal conditions…

The Model S Plaid has been the talk of the town ever since people got to know about its existence. Tesla had plans to bring out a Plaid+ as well, but it was scrapped a few weeks before the Plaid was launched. Here are some of the Model S Plaid’s salient features:

  • Based on the Model S
  • Tri-motor setup
  • 1,020 horses combined
  • 0-60 mph in 1.99 seconds under ideal conditions
  • Quarter-mile run in 9.23 seconds with a trap speed of 155 mph in ideal conditions
  • Top speed of 200 mph
  • World’s most aero-efficient car - Drag coefficient of 0.208
  • Estimated range of 390 miles
  • Supports fast charging up to 250 kW and can add 187 miles of range in 15 minutes
  • F1-inspired, yoke steering wheel
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 17-inch touchscreen system
  • Screen for rear passengers that offers PS5-level performance
  • Priced at $129,990

Conclusion

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The Arrma maintained its course in the third run till the very end and ended almost on par with the Plaid

Apart from the race, the rest of the video captures the expressions of various people who are experiencing the Plaid performance for the first time. You can literally see them get pushed back into their seats. Watch the video below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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