An option for a Tesla car that costs as much… as a Clio. As reported Numerama, the brand of electric cars is about to market a high-performance brake kit worth 20,000 dollars, or just under 18,000 euros. It is indeed a package of carbon ceramic discs, intended primarily for the track, as described by the brand on its website. Not yet available, the option will be available sometime in 2022 and promises to deliver “maximum, repeatable stopping power during high-performance driving.”
Exclusive to the Model S, this brake kit is not really a surprise since the car is presented by the manufacturer as the fastest in the world for a production vehicle. Since then, notes Numerama, it has been proven that on a standing start, the 100% electric car was beaten by its competitor, the Rimac Nevara. Small detail that counts, if the Model S is behind the Nevara, it costs around 130,000 euros when its competitor is announced at two million euros.
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Ceramic is very expensive
But this kit should delight fans of speed, and that’s Tesla’s bet, because on a circuit, braking is as important as acceleration. And in this segment, Tesla could catch up, for example. According to a company specializing in brake parts interviewed by Nuemrama, ceramic offers several advantages “in terms of performance on dry and wet roads, weight, comfort, corrosion resistance, durability and technical image”. It is also more durable than carbon.
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Several brands have already adopted it such as McLaren, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin. Still, the material is very expensive, and the kit offered by Tesla seems overpriced. The kit, compatible only with 21-inch rims, could allow the electric giant to touch the peaks. The Model S Plaid, which has a range of more than 800 kilometers and can reach up to 320 kilometers per hour, could be released in China around March, revealed Elon Musk.
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