Elon Musk promises to take Tesla Model S to ‘Plaid’ with new powertrain

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised a far more strong powertrain alternative in future Model S, Model X and the subsequent-generation Roadster sports vehicle that will push acceleration and speed beyond the existing higher bar recognized as Ludicrous mode.

Musk tweeted Wednesday evening “the only thing beyond Ludicrous is Plaid,” a teaser to a greater performing automobile and a nod to the film Spaceballs.


These new greater performing versions of the Model S, Model X, and Roadster will include what Musk describes as a Plaid powertrain and is nevertheless about a year away from production. This new powertrain will have 3 motors, 1 far more than the dual motor program discovered in right now’s Model S and X.

This Plaid powertrain has currently observed some action. Tesla revealed Wednesday that a Model S equipped with a Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype had lapped Laguna Seca racetrack in 1:36:555, a second quicker than the record for a 4-door sedan.


The “Plaid” powertrain will not be provided in the reduce price Model 3 or Model Y, which isn’t anticipated to go into production till late 2020. Musk also promised that this plaid powertrain will price far more than “current offerings, but will be less than competitors” with out explaining what that indicates.

Cclose followers of the automaker could recall hints of a 3 motor powertrain in the previous.

When Tesla unveiled a new Roadster prototype in November 2017, Musk mentioned it would have 3 motors and be capable to travel a whopping 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds and a top rated speed of 250 mph or even far more. The Roadster isn’t anticipated to go into production till 2020.

What is new are Tesla’s plans to make this far more strong 3-motor powertrain out there in the Model S and Model X. And it stands to be an significant alternative, if it does in truth materialize. The Model S has been about due to the fact 2012 and due to the fact the introduction the more affordable Model 3, sales have dipped.

And but, Musk has mentioned the X and S won’t be acquiring a key refresh. If Tesla hopes to preserve demand for either of its greater margin luxury autos, new trims like this plaid powertrain will be important.

Tesla initially announced Ludicrous mode in its Model S autos way back in July 2015. As shareholders and clients awaited the Model X to arrive, Musk unveiled various solutions for the business’s Model S sedan, like a reduce priced version, longer battery variety and “Ludicrous mode” for even quicker acceleration.

Ludicrous mode, which enhanced acceleration by 10% to let drivers go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, came about as a outcome of an enhanced battery fuse. This new fuse, Musk explained in a weblog post at the time, has its personal electronics and a tiny lithium-ion battery that monitors existing and protects against excessive existing.

Tesla also upgraded the principal pack contactor with a higher-temperature space-grade superalloy rather of steel. This enabled the battery pack to stay “springy” beneath the heat of heavy existing. In the finish, the max pack output enhanced from 1300 to 1500 Amps.

Ludicrous was a $10,000 add on for new purchasers. Tesla did decrease the value for current Model S P85 owners for the initially six months following the announcement and sold them the pack electronics upgrade required for Ludicrous Mode for $5,000.

Musk joked in this 2015 weblog post that there is “1 speed quicker than ludicrous, but that is reserved for the subsequent generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid.”