What’s Inside Tesla’s Track Package for Model S Plaid?
A new product page has appeared on Tesla’s web store for a Track Package for the Model S Plaid. The highly-coveted package will let drivers reach the electric vehicle’s top speeds, including Tesla’s long-awaited carbon-ceramic brakes for improved stopping power and a few other items.
Above: A Tesla Model S (Image: Casey Murphy / EVANNEX).
Tesla will begin offering the Track Package for the Model S Plaid in June, officially unlocking the electric sedan’s ability to reach a top speed of 200 mph (via Car and Driver). The package, which can be found on Tesla’s online store, is set to cost between $15,000 and $20,000, and the full kit will include carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch aluminum wheels and Goodyear Eagle F1 3R tires.
The upgraded brakes include six-piston forged front calipers and four-piston forged rear calipers. They also have high-performance pads that clamp to 16.1-inch carbon-silicon carbide front and rear rotors, along with a “track-ready” brake fluid. For buyers that don’t want to purchase the tires and wheels with the Track Package, Tesla will also be selling the carbon-ceramic brakes on their own.
The full package will include aluminum “Zero-G” wheels, as Tesla has dubbed them. It will also come with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires, which measure 285/35R20 in the front and 305/30R20 in the rear. The carbon-ceramic brakes are expected to be compatible with the 21-inch Arachnid wheels, though they won’t be with the Tempest rollers, according to Car and Driver.
Without the Track Package, the Model S Plaid’s speed tops out at just 162 mph, largely due to the car’s stock brakes not being powerful enough. The addition of the carbon-ceramic brakes was promised when the Model S Plaid was launched in 2021 to help unlock top speeds, and Tesla was expected to release them last summer.
Instead, Tesla launched Track Mode for the Model S Plaid last year, after launching the update for the Model 3 Performance back in 2018. At the time, the automaker said Track Mode was designed to help the vehicles become “as quick around a racetrack as [they are] at the drag strip.”
“Our approach focuses on allowing greater driver control and adjustability while promoting driver confidence, and like most aspects of Tesla vehicles, we’ll continue to improve Plaid Track Mode over time with future over-the-air updates,” Tesla wrote in the release description of the Model S Plaid's Track Mode.
It’s not entirely clear yet what the pricing model for the Tesla Model S Plaid Track Pack will look like. However, Car and Driver predicts that the lower $15,000 price may include just the carbon-ceramic brakes, while the $20,000 price may include the full kit. In any case, Model S Plaid owners will only need to wait another month or so to find out.
===Sources: Tesla / Car and Driver