Jay Leno has just set a new land speed record, and he has to thank Elon Musk for it.
The former “Tonight Show” host was recording a segment for an upcoming edition of his CNBC show “Jay Leno’s Garage” by taking a Tesla Model S Plaid for a spin on a racetrack in an attempt to break ground speed. a quarter of a mile. record for a production model.
“I’ll tell you what I did. I went to Famoso Dragway in Bakersfield, ”Leno said when he called the podcast“ Spike’s Car Radio ”. “And the Tesla Plaid… I walked past it, and the NHRA guy was there to make it official. It turned at 9.247, 152 mph, “
Speaking to CNBC’s Shepard Smith (above), Leno confirmed that the Tesla broke the existing record, placing the electric vehicle in a fairly rarefied company.
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“It’s now the fastest production car you can buy. Faster than any Ferrari, faster than a three and a half million dollar Bugati, ”Leno said of the Tesla Model S Plaid, which costs around $ 135,000.
“I’m a huge fan of American technology, especially products developed here in America, using local products, and that’s why I love this car – $ 135,000 is a huge amount of money, but for to get the same performance as an internal combustion engine, you probably have to spend, in the case of Bugati, two and a half million, or in the case of Ferrari, almost a million, ”he said. “So it’s pretty amazing. “
Elon Musk took to Twitter to congratulate Leno on the achievement, writing, “Jay is awesome! “
Jay is awesome!
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 12, 2021