Tesla Model S Plaid – The Drag Race Compilation

The Tesla Model S Plaid has been here for just over six months, but it is already the undisputed king of the drag strip

The Tesla Model S Plaid came out in June this year, and it took the EV barely any time to assert its dominance on the drag strip. It came with figures like quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds, 0-60 mph in 1.99 seconds, etc. This was enough for us to know that the car will be a favorite on the drag strip. Within a month, we spotted the car on the drag strip, taking on sports cars, supercars, and even remote control cars!

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that 2021 was Tesla Model S Plaid’s year. We witnessed tens of fun Model S Plaid drag races this year, so we decided to compile them all in a single article – in ascending order – for you to enjoy them. Feast your eyes, peeps!

What Is The Tesla Model S Plaid All About?

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There’s no way you’re aware of what the Tesla Model S Plaid is all about and capable of. In a nutshell, here’s are some of its salient features:

- * Based on the Model S
- * Features a tri-motor setup
- * Produces 1,020 horses combined
- * 0-60 mph in 1.99 seconds
- * Quarter-mile run in 9.23 seconds with a trap speed of 155 mph
- * Top speed of 200 mph
- * World’s most aero-efficient car - Drag coefficient of 0.208
- * Estimated range of 396 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

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

You can read about the Tesla Model S Plaid in detail here

Drag Races

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Nissan GT-R

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

The sprint to quarter-mile was completed in 9.71 seconds by the Model S Plaid at a trap speed of 148.34 mph. The Nissan GT-R, on the other hand, took 10.799 seconds to finish the race at 132 mph. Beating a car like the Godzilla by a second on the drag strip is a big, big thing.

At the time of penning this compilation, the channel has made the video private, but you can read about it in detail here.

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Remote Control Car

Winner – Remote Control Car!

Yes, you read that right. The invincible Tesla Model S Plaid was defeated by a remote control car! The RC car used here is more than just a toy. It’s called the Arrma Infraction and it comes with a six-battery setup in the stock form. Here, it featured an eight-cell setup and was equipped with Castle 17x17 motors that powered all four wheels.

They went up against each other thrice. The Arrma 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 finishing line, but we give the RC Car the benefit of doubt here.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs 1,100-HP Mustang Shelby GT500

Winner – Shelby Mustang GT500

The Mustang here was far from stock and made 1,100 horses. This was just about enough for it to trump the Plaid in a couple of rolling quarter-mile races. In the first round, the GT500 did the quarter-mile in 7.91 seconds at 159.63 mph, while the Model S Plaid managed 7.97 seconds at 154.94 mph.

They raced again, and this time, the margin was even closer. The GT500 did the quarter-mile in 7.66 seconds at 160.94 mph while the Model S Plaid managed 7.68 seconds at 155.19 mph.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

The Model S Plaid doesn’t really have a direct rival, if to be seen. The cars that offer similar performance levels are way more expensive, and the ones that have similar price tags are in a lower league. On some levels, the Taycan is considered as the Plaid’s rival. Understandably, when this drag race between the Plaid and the Taycan Turbo S came out, everyone was excited. It features a dual-motor setup that makes up to 750 horses and 774 pound-feet of torque, combined. These are the figures when launched with Overboost Power. This helps the EV propel to 60 mph from rest in 2.6 seconds and go all the way up to 161 mph.

They faced each other in three races. They Taycan lost them in all. In the first one, the Model S Plaid finished the quarter-mile in 9.673 seconds with a trap speed of 150.93 mph. The Taycan took 10.422 seconds and recorded a top speed of 129.90 mph. In the second race, the Tesla took 9.360 seconds at 150.82 mph whereas the Taycan finished the race in 10.393 seconds with a speed of 130.03 mph. In the final race, the Plaid took 9.344 seconds at 151.34 mph and the Taycan took 10.379 seconds at 129.99 mph.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Rimac Nevera

Winner – Rimac Nevera

If there’s one car we are confident that can beat the Tesla Model S Plaid, it’s the Rimac Nevera. It comes with a quad-motor setup that makes 1,914 horses and 1,741 pound-feet of torque. The Nevera faced the Plaid thrice, and the latter lost all of them. In the first race, the Rimac clocked in a time of 8.65 seconds at 166.66 mph while the Tesla managed 9.27 seconds at 152.68 mph.

The second race wasn’t any better as the Nevera clocked in a time of 8.64 seconds at 166.44 mph while the Plaid managed 9.31 seconds at 151.34 mph, at the quarter-mile. The third race was the nail in the coffin, with the Nevera scoring a clean sweep over the Plaid. It clocked a time of 8.61 seconds at 166.39 mph, much quicker than the Plaid’s 9.29-second time at 151.75 mph.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Dodge Demon

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

The Dodge Demon is a car that lives up to its name. However, the Plaid exorcised it like no other car ever has. The Dodge Demon is powered by the mighty 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 mill that makes 840 horses and 770 pound-feet of twist. An eight-speed automatic gearbox powers the rear wheels. It takes 2.1 seconds to 60 mph has a top speed of 203 mph. But, these specs were not enough to pin down the Plaid.

They partook in three races and the Plaid won them all. In the first race, the muscle car completed the distance in 10.29 seconds at 134.03 mph, 10.23 seconds to the finish line at 134.15 mph in the second race, and 10.66 seconds at 133.76 mph in the third. It was no match for the EV which completed the three races in 9.31 seconds at 150.85 mph, 9.36 seconds at 149.61 mph, and 9.38 seconds with a trap speed of 149.88 seconds, respectively.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs 1,200-HP Mustang GT500 and Stock Mustang GT500

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

The Plaid face a 1,200-horsepower Mustang GT500 this time. On paper, it was the Plaid that went into this race as the underdog. But, in reality, it was Mustang that was under the pump. The GT500 did well, but not well enough to beat the Plaid. It recorded a time of 9.864 seconds at 147.97 mph, whereas the Plaid took 9.384 seconds at 149.05 mph to complete the race. The second race was pretty much the same, but the difference was even lesser. The Plaid completed the run in 9.472 seconds at 148.33 mph, and the Mustang took 9.827 seconds at 148.40 mph.

The Plaid then faced a stock GT500, driven by Shmee. It was obviously a dud race. In the first race, the Mustang finished in 10.937 seconds at 130.27 mph, whereas the Tesla took 9.309 at 150.56 mph. The second race was no different, with the GT500 clocking a time of 10.893 seconds at 130.44 mph and the Model S Plaid clocking 9.323 seconds at 150.06 mph.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Suzuki Hayabusa vs Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

Since cars weren’t good enough for the Plaid, it looks for victims in the two-wheeler category. The Hayabusa is powered by a 1.3-liter, four-pot mill that makes 188 horses. The Ninja draws power from a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 208 horses.

The Plaid took down the Hayabusa in both the standing drag races and in the rolling race. The Kawasaki Ninja goes through the same ordeal in the drag races, but things changed in the rolling races. The Ninja won the first rolling race despite recording a speed less than the Busa did in its rolling race. In the second rolling race, though, the Plaid took the win.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs McLaren 765LT

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

The McLaren 765LT sounded like a formidable opponent to take down the Plaid, but it wasn’t meant to be. Jumping right into it, the McLaren 765LT is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that makes 755 horses. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

In the first race, the Plaid took 9.270 seconds at 152 mph, whereas the McLaren 765 LT took 9.938 seconds at 143.37 mph. Things were no different in the second race, as the McLaren took 10.03 seconds at 144.04 mph to complete the race, whereas the Plaid took 9.279 seconds at 151.27 mph. In the third race, the EV took 9.261 seconds at 152.66 mph and the Brit took 10.150 seconds with a trap speed of 143.93 mph. Tesla–3; McLaren–0.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs 1,000-HP McLaren 720S

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

To take on the Plaid, you need something really powerful. The McLaren 720S in its stock form makes 700 horses, but it didn’t seem enough. So, in came a tuned 720S that makes 1,000 ponies. The first round was a 1,000-feet standing drag race. The Plaid beat the McLaren convincingly, despite a wheel spin at the beginning.

Next up was a rolling race for a 1,500-feet race. The McLaren couldn’t do much here, either, other than watching the Plaid’s taillights by the time they hit the finish line. To make things a little even in the next race, the McLaren came was given a hit and the Plaid raced with a couple of passengers on board. The Plaid went ahead here, but the McLaren reeled it in to end up with a photo finish here. Still, the Plaid won two of the three races.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

The two cars came face to face once again and raced each other just once. It was sheer domination by the Plaid this time as well, taking just 9.39 seconds at 151 mph to complete the quarter-mile run. The Taycan Turbo S, on the other hand, completed the distance in 10.63 seconds at 126 mph.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Lamborghini Huracan EVO

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

A Lamborghini Huracan EVO decided to step up against the EV to see if it can be one of the few cars that have pinned the Tesla Model S Plaid. The Huracan EVO is powered by a 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-10 mill that makes 630 ponies and 443 pound-feet of oomph. This is an all-wheel-drive model, so all four wheels are powered by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The first race began and the EVO’s fate was sealed. It was no match for the Plaid. The EVO took 10.834 seconds to finish the quarter-mile run while recording a trap speed of 130.43 mph. The Plaid was much quicker, taking just 9.402 seconds at 149.33 mph. In the second race, the Lamborghini took 10.847 seconds at 130.99 mph, whereas the Tesla took 9.437 seconds at 148.62 mph. The final race was no different, with the Plaid finishing the run in 9.491 seconds at 147.99 mph, almost 1.4 seconds quicker than the Huracan EVO which took 10.897 seconds at 130.81 mph.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs 700-HP Porsche 911 Turbo S

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Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

The Porsche 911 Turbo S is one of the most revered sports cars today. So, when it came face to face the Plaid, its reputation was at stake. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is powered by a 3.8-liter, flat-six twin-turbo engine. Power is routed to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. In the standard form, it makes 640 horses. This example, however, has a Stage 4 tune which pushes the power output to 700 ponies.

In the first race, the Porsche completed the quarter-mile distance in 10.047 seconds at 135.85 mph. But, it wasn’t quick enough because the Plaid took just 9.485 seconds at 147.34 mph to complete the distance. They raced again, but the Porsche’s transmission acted finicky and kind of backed out right after the 60-foot distance.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

This is one of the closest races we have ever witnessed that involves the Plaid. From facing tuned Mustangs, 911s, and so on, it turns out the closest contender the Plaid has is the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. The Italian hybrid beast is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine and three electric motors assisting it. Combined, the powerplant generates 986 horses and 590 pound-feet of oomph. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox routes power to all four wheels.

They faced each other five times. The Ferrari won the first two times by disqualification due to jumped starts by the Plaid. The Ferrari also jumped the line in the second race, but the reaction time wasn’t as bad as the Tesla’s, thus giving the Italian car a win.

The third race was won by the Plaid. It took 9.363 seconds at 147.81 mph, whereas the SF90 Stradale completed the run in 9.590 seconds at 147.09 mph. The fourth race was also won by the Plaid, which took 9.361 seconds at 147.96 mph to complete the race. The Ferrari, on the other hand, took 9.592 seconds at 147.05 mph. The Ferrari was slower the third time around as well, taking 9.619 seconds at 146.35 mph to do the quarter-mile run. The Plaid was quicker, taking 9.386 seconds at 149.58 mph.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Porsche 911 Turbo S, 1,000-HP Nissan GT-R, and Stripped-Down Plaid

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

The Plaid faced a Porsche 911 Turbo S in the first round. The hosts didn’t give the batteries any time to warm up, thus making it a kind of a level playing field. The cars were neck and neck at launch, but the Plaid took advantage when the Porsche had to shift gears and eventually went on to win the race. The Plaid raced the 911 Turbo S again, but this time in a rolling race. The Plaid, as expected, won this quite easily.

The EV then went on to face a tuned Nissan GT-R take makes 1,000 horses at the wheels. The Godzilla faced it twice, once in a drag race and once in a rolling race. The Plaid defeated it both times.

Finally, the Plaid faced another Model S Plaid, although this one had its seats taken out to shed some weight. It was worth it because the stripped-down Plaid beat the regular Plaid in the end.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs 1,000-HP McLaren 720S

Winner – McLaren 720S

The Plaid finally found its match in the form of the McLaren 720S. In fact, the 720S was the better car here. Powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine, this example comes with new downpipes and intake, and is tuned, too. Courtesy of all these mods, it makes 850 ponies at the wheels, which is about 1,000 ponies at the crank.

The McLaren had an amazing launch and got the lead right off the bat. It finished on the right side, taking just 9.3 seconds at 150.82 mph to complete the quarter-mile race. The Model S Plaid took 9.4 seconds at 147.65 mph. On paper, the McLaren won the second race as well. It finished the quarter-mile run in 9.313 seconds at 150.06 mph, whereas the Plaid took 9.432 seconds at 147.73 mph. However, the reaction times came into play, leading to the EV touching the finish line first and winning the race.

The McLaren’s driver made sure not to make the same mistake this time. The reaction time was great and it eventually beat the Plaid at the finish line. The McLaren 720S Spider completed the race in 9.313 seconds at 150.63 mph, while the Plaid did it in 9.452 seconds at 145.72 mph.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs C8 Corvette Z51

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

The Model S Plaid has even faced the C8 Corvette on the race strip. This example came with the Z51 package. The car comes with a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

The cars took part in three rounds. The Plaid obliterated the C8 in the first round. In the second round, the C8 was given a two-second head start. The Plaid started catching up once it gained speeds, but ran out of space, thus giving the Corvette a win. The Plaid was then slotted into its most aggressive setting for the third round. They were neck and neck at the beginning, but the C8 couldn’t keep with the Plaid and lost the third round to give the Plaid a 2-1 win.

You can read about the race in detail here

Tesla Model S Plaid vs Ken Block’s 1,400-HP Hoonicorn

Winner – Tesla Model S Plaid

The Hoonicorn is an absolute beast. It is based on a 1965 Ford Mustang Notchback that comes with a 6.7-liter, V-8 engine with a double dose of turbos. The mill is tuned by Roush and makes 1,400 horses and 1,250 pound-feet of torque!

The first round was a 1000-feet race. The EV kicks better off the line, but the Hoonicorn catches up to get a clean win. Next was a 500-feet race plus the Tesla starting a little ahead, which made it harder for the Hoonicorn to catch up with the Plaid’s instantaneous torque. So, it all came down to the third race. It was a 500-feet race again, but both the cars started together. The Tesla zoomed at kickdown, but the Hoonicorn reeled it in soon. However, it was left lagging behind by barely a quarter car length, thus losing 2-1 to the Plaid.

You can read about the race in detail here

Conclusion

Which Tesla Model S Plaid drag race did you find the most interesting? 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 managing editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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