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‘Cancelled’ Model S Plaid + Articulating Wing Spotted On Nurburgring With Aerodynamic Trickery

 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the Model S Plaid+ had been dropped. The supposed option was set to be Tesla’s top performance model, but it ended up in the “regular” Model S Plaid after the Plaid+ engine made its way into the “performance” Tesla Model X. New spy photos have sparked speculation about what Tesla is working on next, as the test vehicle features an articulating rear wing.

The car was photographed at the Nurburgring with a pair of Model S Plaid models. The vehicle is seen without any camouflage in the photos, although there are some apparent differences. The test vehicle features a low front spoiler, big ceramic brakes, and that enormous wing at the back, which becomes almost vertical in the photographs. The sedan also has a lowered ride height.

Tesla Model S With Crazy Aero Modifications Spotted At Nurburgring

With 1,020 horsepower (761 kilowatts), the Tesla Model S clearly has the power to tackle the ‘Ring, but it’s uncertain if this test vehicle had any modifications. The car can go 60 mph (96 kilometers per hour) in 1.99 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 9.23 seconds, according to Tesla. Its top speed is 200 mph (321 kph), which should enough of a task on the race track and put many rivals behind you in your rearview mirror.

The Tesla Model S has been seen at the Nurburgring on a regular basis for testing and lap records. It’s unclear what Tesla is testing in the present spy images, but we do know that the company continuously improves its cars and their software. With more traditional automakers finally bringing out their own electric vehicles, Tesla may need to keep its products feeling as current as possible for its consumers. Perhaps that articulating rear wing will be manufactured in the future.

Link to photos here.

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