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Jay Leno Breaks Land-Speed Record Driving Tesla Model S Plaid

By Brent Furdyk.

Jay Leno just set a new land-speed record, and he has Elon Musk to thank 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 out for a spin on a racetrack in an attempt to break the quarter-mile land-speed record for a production model.

“I’ll tell you what I did. I went up to Famoso Dragway in Bakersfield,” Leno said when he called into the “Spike’s Car Radio” podcast. “And the Tesla Plaid… I drove by, and the NHRA guy was there to make it official. It turned a 9.247, at 152 MPH,”

Speaking with CNBC’s Shepard Smith (above), Leno confirmed that the Tesla broke the existing record, putting the electric vehicle in some pretty rarified company.

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“It is 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 retails for about $135,000.

“I’m a huge fan of American technology, especially products developed here in America, using locally sourced stuff, and that’s why I love this car — $135,000 is a tremendous amount of money, but 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, close to a million,” he said. “So it’s pretty amazing.”

Elon Musk took to Twitter to praise Leno’s achievement, writing, “Jay is awesome!”




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