Tesla Model S Plaid prototypes return to US from Germany

Plaid Model S on truck

It has been a while since we heard anything about the Model S Plaid triple motor prototypes since their last run at Nürburgring in Germany, where they clocked a hand-stopped unofficial time of 7m13s, nearly 30 seconds better than the official record held by the Porsche Taycan.

Now the two Plaid prototypes have been spotted by Andre Weller and posted to Reddit on a transport truck back in the United States. The red variant, with the massive rear diffuser, reportedly crashed on the last few days of testing, with the driver being unharmed. From the pictures, it appears there wasn’t much damage to the Model S in the accident.

The blue variant can be seen with its massive brakes, and as pointed out by users on the forum, what appears to be a horizontally oriented center display protruding from the dash in the first picture, as opposed to the current vertical screen in Tesla’s flagship Model S.

Check out all the photos below.

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