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2021 Tesla Model S Plaid: How to Use Launch Control to Eclipse Ludicrous Speed

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid has many things in its arsenal to put down some insane acceleration numbers. For starters, it includes three electric motors—one at the front axle, and one at each rear wheel—to total 1,020 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. A set of 21-inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (265/35 up front and 295/30 at the back) does the important job of putting that huge amount of power to the ground. And finally, the Model S Plaid’s launch-control system preps the powertrain for explosive, neck-snapping acceleration runs. Thankfully, activating launch control is fairly easy. Here’s how to do it:

Tap the “Controls” icon on the infotainment screen (the icon is a mugshot of the Model S located at the lower left corner). This brings you to a menu where you’ll select “Pedals & Steering,” and then “Acceleration.”

Next, you’ll need to select “Drag Strip Mode,” which is Teslaspeak for launch control. The system then preconditions the battery pack, bringing it to its ideal operating temperature. This can take anywhere from eight to 15 minutes based on our observations, so you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to prepare prior to any straight-line showdowns. A message stating “Peak Performance is Ready” pops up to let you know the preconditioning process is complete. You’re almost there. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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