A Hacked Tesla Model S Plaid Hit a Record 216 Mph
a hacked tesla model s plaid hit a record 216

A Hacked Tesla Model S Plaid Hit a Record 216 Mph

A Tesla Model S Plaid hit its fastest speed on record Thursday after a software company hacked into the vehicle’s software restrictions.

Guillaume André, the CEO of Ingenext, took his Model S Plaid out for a spin at the Trois-Rivières airport in Québec, Canada on Thursday morning. André was able to get the vehicle up to a top speed of 216 miles per hour, Electrek reported.

A spokesperson from Ingenext did not respond to a request for comment from Insider ahead of publication.

The Ingenext CEO posted a short clip of the run on his personal Facebook account, confirming that the vehicle hit 216 miles per hour.

The nearly $130,000 Tesla model has not previously been reported to have run faster than 200 miles per hour. Though, Ingenext has attempted to hit 200 miles per hour in previous tests, the publication said. Electrek reported that the Quebec track had a longer 1.8 mile runway which helped the car hit the new top speed.

The EV publication posted a video from the track on YouTube that showed the 216 miles per hour run from both inside and outside the four-door sedan. As the vehicle neared 200 miles per hour the speedometer on the car’s dashboard turned red.

Electrek reporter Fred Lambert compared the sound of the vehicle racing down the runway to a “jet taking off” and recorded the sound of the Tesla’s cooling system attempting to cool off the motors and battery pack after the run. 

André is not the first company to test the limits of the Model S Plaid. Last summer, Brooks Weisblat, the host of DragTimes, tested the vehicle in a series of videos by racing the Tesla against a Porsche Taycan Turbo S, as well as testing out its top speed at low battery levels.

MotorTrend said in 2021 that the Model S Plaid hit the highest 0 to 60 acceleration speed the publication has ever seen from a production car. 

When Tesla initially announced the vehicle they said it would be able to hit a top speed of 200 miles per hour, but upon release the vehicle was shown to have a speed limited to about 163 miles per hour. In January, Tesla released Track Mode for the Plaid which allowed the vehicle to go slightly faster.

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