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The Reason The Tesla Model S Plaid Was Banned By The NHRA
The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has banned the Tesla Model S Plaid from competing in drag races across the United States. The Model S Plaid has experienced the same fate as the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon for being too fast, with officials stating, “Any vehicle running 9.99 seconds or quicker at an NHRA Member Track needs to have certain NHRA-accepted safety equipment.”
However, the NHRA changed its mind once again in March 2022 to bend the rules and updated its Street Legal program to allow faster cars. Matt Deyoung, Tucson Dragway Track Manager, said, “We continue to see manufacturers make faster vehicles available right off the showroom floor while increasing features that couldn't be overlooked anymore.”
Under the new changes, the Tesla Model S Plaid is legal on the drag strip as long as it does not breach 9.0 seconds and 150 mph, and drivers have an NHRA Level 6 license. In addition, the car should have OEM-installed brakes, chassis components, floors, firewalls, and safety equipment (airbags). The tires can be OEM or aftermarket, providing the rubber is DOT-approved.