On Wednesday, Jay Leno’s Garage attempted to make history by beating the Bugatti Chiron Sport’s production car quarter-mile world speed record time of 9.4 seconds with the Tesla Model S Plaid and its more than 1,000 horsepower drive system. Tesla chief designer Franz Von Holzhausen explained what makes this Tesla so extra special.
“This is tri-motor - two in the back, one in the front,” Von Holzhausen explained. “So all three motors are carbon-sleeve motors. It's new, never been done before, invented by Tesla. And that just allows you to have constant power until you run out of room or you run out of speed. The CdA (coefficient of aerodynamic drag), the frontal area of the car increases, but we managed to get the coefficient to drag lower - so it's 0.207.”
While the Chiron Sport is fitted with an eight liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine producing 1,479 horsepower, the Tesla Plaid’s secret weapon was Jay Leno behind the wheel. The comedian managed a shocking time of 9.247 seconds.