On the stage set up close to the side of the Tesla factory located in Fremont, California, Elon Musk conducts a sales livestream: he launches Tesla’s latest model called Model S Plaid. Driving around the test track and then going straight to the stage, Elon Musk made a strong impression. And when he opened the door to step out of the car, opened his mouth to speak, Musk immediately made the audience familiar with the usual faltering, awkward presentation.
But what Elon Musk said is a firm statement: Tesla wants to assert that electric cars are the future, and uses the Model S Plaid product as the most visual example. This new version of Plaid will own 1,020 horsepower, accelerate from 0-100 km / h in just 2 seconds.
Tesla achieves this impressive figure with a new electric motor design that can spin up to 20,000 rpm, allowing the car to quickly reach a top speed of 320 km / h.
The design experts created a soft elongated product, allowing the Model S Plaid to achieve a wind resistance of only 0.208, behind the current record holder is the electric Mercedes-EQ EQS (with drag). wind 0.202).
The new thermal system enables the vehicle to be stable in both extreme hot and cold weather: the cold-weather range has been improved by 30% compared to before, and requires 15% less energy. needed to heat the space inside the car.
Besides, the car’s cooling system has doubled. Musk claims you can “benchmark” the Model S Plaid with the 0-100 km/h test, and immediately repeat the test without worrying about the car overheating.
Although it has not been officially tested by a competent authority, the Model S Plaid has been crash tested internally and has obtained very positive results. According to Musk, testing shows that Tesla drivers will have a lower rate of injury after a crash than other cars. The top 5 models of Tesla’s test are all Model 3 RWD 2018, Model S Plaid 2021, Model 3 AWD 2019, Model Y AWD 2020 and Model X 2017.
The index represents the Plaid sample (red column) from internal testing, the remaining 4 indicators are obtained from the tests of the US Highway Traffic Safety Administration – NHSTA.
The interior of the car is much different than before. Immediately, we realize the steering wheel is different: the usual round shape has disappeared, replaced by a steering wheel shaped similar to the equipment found in Formula 1 cars.
Like every other vehicle made by Tesla, the Model S Plaid is also a battery electric vehicle, so it’s not wrong to call every Tesla electric vehicle a giant walking backup battery. On the Model S Plaid will be two fast charging docks, allowing both the driver and the passenger to place the device. And yet, Model S Plaid will let you connect multiple bluetooth devices at the same time, avoiding the case of competing for music.
Talking about the entertainment factor again. Tesla has a self-designed sound system, a speaker system placed around the car, and soundproof glass that can block out highway noise. The sound system will be updated from time to time for the highest entertainment experience.
On stage, Elon Musk compared the Model S Plaid to … the PS5 console. And to prove his point, he showed the audience Cyberpunk 2077 being played on the screen of the newly launched electric car. The fact that the Model S Plaid can download Cyberpunk 2077-caliber blockbusters will have two sides: the processing power of the car is extremely respectable, but the driver is easily distracted when the car can play even heavy games.
Driving a game console on the road is very dangerous, so if Tesla successfully develops a fully self-driving system, gamers will appreciate it. Elon Musk also said that with self-driving cars becoming more and more popular, the demand for entertainment and surfing the web will increase. Tesla seems to choose the easy thing to do first, which is to satisfy the entertainment needs before perfecting the self-driving function.
With such a good processor, it is obvious that Model S Plaid’s data analysis capabilities have also been improved. According to Musk, they will try to improve the car to limit the user having to enter manual data, ie directly asking the car to do. For example, when the user sits in the seat, the car will immediately know the driver wants to move.
In addition, the front and rear image sensors will automatically assess obstacles, to know whether the car should move forward or backward. The vehicle will also collect location data over time to know if the owner is at home, at work or in an unfamiliar location, thereby taking appropriate action. Vehicles can also be linked to your calendar, from which to show the route you have planned in advance. The car will automatically find the most optimal route to take you to work, home, visit relatives or go shopping.
“The car will process common input until it reads your mind‘, said Elon Musk on stage.
The Model S Plaid starts at $131,100, with the optional self-driving feature adding another $10,000. Some other color options such as black, gray and blue cost an extra $1,500, red an extra $2,500. A Model S Plaid full option has a top price of $145,600. These cars will be delivered to the first customers this summer.