Elon Musk famously named the brand new tri-motor, high-performance variant of the 2022 Tesla Model S the “Plaid” as a result of just like the film Spaceballs says, it is the one step past “Ludicrous,” the earlier top-dog within the Mannequin S lineup. Effectively what if there is a step past Plaid and the cancelled Plaid+? Based on a supply at the company, there is not any cause why Tesla could not make a quad-motor Model S if it wished to.
Why Would Tesla Need to Make a Quad-Motor Mannequin S?
Two causes primarily: extra energy and extra traction, which might probably enhance the Mannequin S’ launch, and actually give it a sub-2.0-second 0-60 mph time without any gimmicks. Based on the beneath cutaway, because the Mannequin S Plaid is at present laid out it has two motors on the rear axle driving every rear wheel, and one on the entrance axle, organized to primarily drive the front-right wheel.
These carbon-sleeved motors are similar, says our supply, and are good for a complete system output of 1,020 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. Which means each produces round 340 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
Including a further entrance motor to the Mannequin S would in concept increase horsepower to 1,360, and torque to 1,400 lb-ft, with the added weight of the motor (plus the drive pressure of the motor itself) presumably serving to give the automobile higher traction and efficiency.
Why Did not Tesla Make a Quad-Motor Mannequin S?
As our supply put it, Tesla merely did not really feel the necessity to make a quad-motor Mannequin S. The Mannequin S Plaid’s dual-motor rear drive unit would match on the entrance axle, however it will additional shrink an already smaller frunk and make the automobile much less environment friendly, whereas including price and complexity. Our supply additionally identified that the Mannequin S Plaid was already on the bleeding fringe of the efficiency envelope, making it a riskier proposition to develop the automaker’s first-ever quad-motor system.
The Mannequin S Plaid’s present tri-motor system is anticipated to be obtainable on each the Cybertruck and Roadster, if both ever reaches manufacturing. Rivian seems like will probably be the primary automaker to market with a quad-motor system, which comes commonplace on its R1T and R1S pickup and SUV. GM is not far behind. The GMC Hummer EV Pickup may also function a quad-motor powertrain when it goes on sale late this 12 months.