Math says, Tesla's "Maximum Plaid" mode could achieve 0-60 mph in 2.05 seconds

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  1. Teslarati Bot

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    The creative minds behind Engineering Explained took a few minutes and a whiteboard to reverse engineer the maximum theoretical acceleration that the Tesla Model S could achieve and thus, unknowingly defined ‘717755945003028480[/MEDIA]?lang=en]Maximum Plaid‘ mode without even consulting Elon.

    This was achieved by somewhat counterintuitively calculating the maximum deceleration first then working back up to acceleration, for a stock Model S with stock tires. This should not be confused with the Tesla Model S being used in the Electric GT which has been stripped down and modified for maximum performance on the track.

    To determine the maximum peak acceleration possible, and how quickly a vehicle can accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph, we need to first define maximum grip. To determine this, Engineering Explained takes a reversed approach by finding peak deceleration, which will define maximum grip, a key input to determining maximum acceleration.

    Without working through all the sticky math, Engineering Explained determines that a 0-60 of 2.05 seconds can be theoretically achievable by on street tires (an important variable as they largely dictate how well the car grips the road), thus also defining what we might expect when Musk unleashes ‘Maximum Plaid’ in Tesla’s next generation Roadster.

    For those more inclined to take some algebra with their coffee, thank you very much, pour a cup of joe and hit play on the video below.



    Article: Math says, Tesla's "Maxiumum Plaid" mode could achieve 0-60 mph in 2.05 seconds
     
  2. Taylor S Marks

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    This really has nothing to do with maximum plaid. Maximum Plaid is reserved for a future Roadster, which will have little to do with the current S.

    This is just seeing how quickly the current S could theoretically hit 60 MPH, if you could somehow magically change how quickly its motor can hit that speed without changing anything else about the car (IE, its weight).
     
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    I believe that the majority of braking traction is provided by the front tires, and the majority of forward acceleration traction by the rear tires. Since the Tesla has larger tires in the rear, wouldn't this allow for greater theoretical maximum acceleration going forwards than deceleration from braking?
     
  4. Michiel

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    no, larger wheels give higher topend, at the expense of a torque , so it would not pull as hard, but it can pull for longer. I believe the limiting factor here is the amount of grip the OEM supplied rubber can provide. If however, by "larger" you are actually saying wider then yes, by all means, that would be beneficial.
     
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    I can see how "larger" would be confusing - wider is what I was referring to.
     

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