Tesla Model 3 type touchscreen spotted on Plaid Model S prototypes on their way back home
Tesla Model S prototypes have finally returned home from the Nurburging race track in Germany as seen in the following spy photos, closely looking at the images shows that the next-gen Model S is going in the direction the Tesla Model 3 when it comes to the center touchscreen design — now it sticks out like a tablet.
When Tesla first revealed the interior of the Tesla Model 3 with a 15″ center touchscreen placed in the center of the dash and getting rid of even the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, the Silicon Valley-based automaker faced similar type of criticism if not in the same amount as the Cybertruck‘s exterior is receiving.
By looking at the Cybertruck interior, it’s not hard to understand that Tesla is going to offer the same type of center display as it is available in the Model 3, screen sizes can vary from model to model but this is the future of Tesla dashboard design.
Redditor ‘Andreweller‘ snapped some great closeup pics of the Tesla Model S Plaid cars on their way back to Tesla HQ on a car carrier.
What is Plaid?
The new and upcoming Model S refresh with the tri-motor powertrain which Tesla CEO Elon Musk calls ‘Plaid’ — was first showcased doing the fastest lap at the Laguna Seca Raceway circuit, just after Porsche unveiled their Taycan electric sports car, not a coincidence at all.
According to Elon Musk, the only thing fastest than the Ludicrous Mode is ‘Plaid’, with three motors instead of two, the racing and cornering abilities of the Model S cars are further enhanced and with the torque vectoring enabled, Model S Plaid will conquer difficult race tracks like any top of the line sports car.
Plaid variants of the Tesla Model S prototypes also seem to have a better battery cooling system than the currently available models as we have seen it go through lengthy testing at the Nürburgring and this has developed an interesting rivalry between Porsche and Tesla lately.
Tesla Model S Plaid prototypes have some design changes as well, like the front bumper is different, a wide body kit is applied, and the wheel wells are extruded as well, these change might not make it to production and may have only been for the current track testing, Tesla might change the design significantly though, we will have to wait a year for that.
Yes. To be clear, Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production & applies to S,X & Roadster, but not 3 or Y. Will cost more than our current offerings, but less than competitors.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019
The Quest for beating the Taycan record
Tesla has at least taken the new Model S Plaid prototypes twice to the Nürburgring race track in Germany in a quest for to defeating the Porsche Taycan‘s 7:42 record lap time, Tesla claims that they have beaten this record during their testing at the ‘ring but since the Plaid S is not a production car, that record will not make it to the official chart.
Tesla even set up a Supercharger stall at the Nürburgring to get the cars ready for testing without any hindrances.
On the other hand, Porsche says that they did not use their flagship Porsche Taycan Turbo S for setting up the Nürburgring lap record, it was just their Taycan Turbo model (without the ‘S’) — interesting!