One of the largest collections of vintage vehicles is housed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which is renowned for its uncommon and original models that are frequently true one-of-a-kind. But right now, it's putting up the largest Tesla exhibit ever, which will include the most important vehicles in the nearly two-decade history of the company.
The Petersen Museum has previously featured Teslas, but they were often just one car at a time with the Cybertruck and Roadster being two. However, this type of exhibition for Tesla and the Petersen Museum is a unique event. The new display, Inside Tesla: Supercharging the Electric Revolution, includes vehicles like the Model S Plaid that shattered the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record as well as the Cybertruck 2019 and Roaster 2.0 from 2017.
The 2012 Model X prototype, the 2016 Model 3 prototype, a development version of the Cyberquad from 2019, as well as various SpaceX, Boring Company, and Hyperloop accoutrements, among others, will also be on display for visitors.
The Tesla 2005 Roadster 'Aerodynamic Buck' will also be on display at the Petersen exhibition
Terry L. Karges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum proudly stated the following about Tesla:
Tesla has revolutionized the automotive, EV, technology, and manufacturing spaces within a relatively short time span... This exhibit strives to be a holistic walk-through of how the brand became a global phenomenon and further details what lies ahead.
The exhibition begins on November 20 and runs through well into 2023. It will be located in the museum's Grand Salon and Phillip Sarofim Porte Cochere on the first floor. The museum underwent a significant exterior renovation in 2015, giving it a unique facade with wavy, uneven lines that are intended to evoke images of speed.
In September last year, the production version of the Tesla Model S Plaid, which was not modified in anyway, set a new record on September 9, 2021, for production electric cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife track (the 20.8-kilometer course) in Germany.
In 7:35.579 minutes, the "Model S Plaid" completed one lap of the 20.8-kilometer Nordschleife. Andreas Simonsen of Sweden was the driver of the trimotor, 1,020 horsepower car. The time has now been included in the production category for electric vehicles.
Plaid completed a full lap in 7 minutes, 35.579 seconds, and at an average speed of 164.615 kilometers per hour (102 mph). Additionally, a time of 7 minutes and 30.909 seconds and an average speed of 166.320 km/h are given in the notation (103 mph).
Tesla's CEO Elon Musk tweeted, "Tesla Model S Plaid just set official world speed record for a production electric car at Nurburgring. Completely unmodified, directly from factory."
The Porsche Taycan Turbo holds the previous production electric vehicle record, which was set in 7 minutes and 42 seconds. August 2019 was chosen as the date. Tesla's significant accomplishment dates back to 2019, when a prototype of the Plaid allegedly set a time of 7 minutes, 13 seconds. The Plaid cars were tested to the limit, as seen by the most recent crash at the Nürburgring Nordschleife involving one of the cars.
The two-seat Jaguar XE SV Project 8 and the four-seat Mercedes-AMG GT63 S are the only normal production vehicles that are significantly faster. Two-door sports cars or prototype/racing cars set noticeably faster times.
Elon Musk points out that every component of the Tesla Model S Plaid was in stock, even the tires. If someone modifies the car's aerodynamics, brakes, tires, and other components soon, we will probably notice a considerably better time. "Next will be modified Plaid with added aero surfaces, carbon brakes & track tires (all things that can be done without Tesla being in the loop)".