The Tesla Model S plaid is, for lack of a better description, a 4-door supercar. The numbers are absolutely insane. For about $150,000, you can buy a car that weighs almost 5000 pounds yet will do 0 to 60 in 1.99 seconds, hit 200 miles per hour, and puts down over 1,000 horsepower. Did we mention it’s electric?
But the one major drawback with this being a Tesla is that it’s designed like a phone. Much like an iPhone SE looks similar to the 14 Pro Max costing five times more, the Plaid isn’t visually distinctive enough from a normal Model S.
Sure, there are clues if you know where to look, but that’s not enough to let people know your EV cost $150k. Tesla body kits are pretty rare and usually understated, but that’s not the case with this new Plaid widebody revealed at the 2022 SEMA Show by Competition Carbon.
If you’ve been following our young website, you’ll be familiar with this creation. Rendering artist Kasim Tlibekua created a 3D model of the car last year, and it’s been put into production by a company called Competition Carbon. We still can’t believe this beast made it to SEMA!
Competition Carbon is a relatively young but ambitious “Made in USA” operation that’s already targeted the C7 and C8 Corvettes. There’s no information on pricing or availability yet. But based on how they operate, these parts may be sold separately.
The kit costs $30,000
We’ve been told that the full carbon-fiber package for the Model S will set you back $30,000. That’s not cheap, but considering the fame of Tesla and the unbeatable performance of a Plaid model, it’s pretty fair.
At the front, a massive air intake opens up, coupled with a deep chin spoiler. Because the Tesla is on air suspension, its lip is basically touching the ground of the Las Vegas show. It’s like a Cheetah stance if that cheetah was a munchkin. If you have a cat, that joke is funny… anyway.
The new front fenders add about a foot to the bodywork. They’re so wide that the custom deep-dish alloys don’t completely fill the wells. A set of side skirts are also used to increase the attitude of the car and are finished in black for contrast.
Finally, we arrive at the rear, where the flares need special inserts to cover the doors as well. The shoulders of the car flow nicely into a trunk spoiler, while a diffuser sits proudly underneath the Plaid’s flat underbody.
This body kit looks like it was designed in the 2000s for a Honda, and yet it’s on one of the fastest cars in the world, equipped with Full Self Driving and Summon. The car has 10 Teraflops of computing power, whatever that is, and can play Witcher 3 on the dash.