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Elon Musk said the Plaid upgrade “was getting too complex.” What could Tesla modify as part of the new package?

Elon Musk: Tesla is going to ‘simplify’ Plaid tri-motor upgrade, ‘was getting too complex’
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that Tesla is going to ‘simplify’ its upcoming Plaid tri-motor upgrade as it “was getting too complex.”

In September of 2019, Tesla announced a Model S with a 3-motor “Plaid powertrain” and new a “chassis prototype.”

Over the next few months, the automaker has been testing Model S prototypes with the new powertrain at the Nürburgring race track.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk first said that the Tesla Model S with a “Plaid” powertrain and new rear-facing seats is coming in Oct/Nov 2020.

After some more testing, the CEO said that the new top performance version of the Model S is coming in summer 2020.

Now Musk says that Tesla is doing some modifications to the Plaid version:
“We’re going to simplify Plaid a little. Was getting too complex.”
He didn’t elaborate on what Tesla plans to modify as part of the new Plaid package, but the Tesla Model S Plaid prototypes spotted at Nürburgring last year had a new fascia, a strange rear spoiler, and more modifications.

The vehicles appear to basically be track-ready versions of the Model S Performance, which is interesting in the context of Tesla now offering a track package for the Model 3 Performance.

It’s also expected to feature a bigger battery pack.

We heard earlier this year that Tesla is working on a new ~110 kWh battery pack that should push the range of the Model S over 400 miles on a single charge.

It’s unclear how or if the simplified Plaid upgrade is going to affect the summer 2020 timeline.

The next-gen Roadster is expected to also get Tesla’s new 3-motor Plaid powertrain, but it should come after the new version of the Model S.

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This is what happens when companies spend too much time at the Nurburgring. They start to overthink things to improve their lap times. My guess is that a part of it is coming from the body kit/spoiler.
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