Jay Leno confirms insane Tesla Model S Plaid quarter-mile time [Update]

Last month Drive Tesla reported exclusively on the Tesla Model S Plaid setting a new record for the fastest quarter-mile time of any production car ever made.

We also reported that car enthusiast Jay Leno was in attendance, recording the testing session for his CNBC show Jay Leno’s Garage, and also getting behind the wheel for a few runs himself.

In a recent podcast interview with Spike’s Car Radio, Leno has confirmed he was at the race track that day, and also confirmed the Model S Plaid’s insane quarter mile time.

“I’ll tell you what I did. I went up to Famoso Dragway in Bakersfield. In the Tesla Plaid. I made one pass. I drove up, and the NHRA guy was there to make it official. It turned a 9.247, at 152 MPH. It was unbelievable.”

Leno clarified the exact time a little later in the podcast as being 9.247 seconds at 152.09mph, and also that the car was completely stock. That improves on the time we reported on of 9.50 seconds that Leno achieved with two passengers in the car.

UPDATE: Jay Leno has shared his time slip with Spike Feresten, once again confirming the time (h/t: @klwtts).


We will no doubt be hearing more about the Model S Plaid’s record setting day in just over one week when Elon Musk hosts a special delivery event for the car at the factory in Fremont, California.

You can check out the podcast below, with Leno’s comments about the Model S Plaid beginning at 13:50.


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