While it’s unclear whether the prototype was successful in breaking said record, the video successfully captured at least one previously unknown detail — this wild retractable spoiler.
There are virtually no details on this disappearing wing other than a short video and pictures posted to The Kilowatts Twitter account, but it’s expected the hardware will make an appearance in the new revamped Model S Plaid EVs set to ship in the coming month (and, perhaps, the Plaid+ that’s coming in mid-2022).
Plenty of fast cars have a retractable wing, so it isn’t as groundbreaking as some of the other features in the new Model S range of EVs (for instance, a brand new battery pack and a long-range Plaid variant with 520 miles of range), but it does look pretty cool.
Given Tesla’s penchant for futuristic and eye-catching design in the past (we’re looking at you wing doors) a retractable spoiler isn’t exactly a surprise. Plus, the Plaid is capable of 200 mph and a 0-60 sprint of 1.99 seconds, so a rear spoiler will help keep it connected to the road.
Looks like we’re going to have to sit tight and wait until Tesla announces the feature or potentially until the Model S Plaids are delivered to find out whether the company is really giving its cars wings, though. For just $120,000 (or $150k for the Plaid+), you could be among the first to find out.