This build is one of the fastest vehicles out there, the Unplugged Performance S-APEX. Each S-APEX build starts life as a Tesla Model S Plaid and increases form and function through extensive aerodynamic, braking, suspension, and luxury modifications to bring a comprehensive hypercar-like experience to the Plaid’s 1,020 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque hypercar-like powertrain. In turn, giving a vehicle like this all the protection it needs is paramount in keeping its stylish exterior well-kept for years to come. But first, let’s dive into the details of what makes the S-APEX such a great vehicle.
As with all S-APEX cars, the highlight of Dark Knight’s exterior lies in the extensive carbon fiber features. Unplugged Performance has once again redefined the limits of design and engineering by seamlessly integrating a 19-piece prepreg carbon fiber widebody kit that increases the width of the vehicle by 60mm. Housed inside the widened fenders are lightweight UP-03 forged monoblock wheels measuring 21×10” in front and 21×11.5” in the rear, paired with 285/30 and 305/30 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires front and rear, respectively. The carbon fiber rocker panels include an integrated aerodynamic bargeboard aft the front wheels to improve aerodynamic airflow.
Downforce is enhanced at the rear using a Carbon Fiber Rear Longtail Spoiler made in collaboration with Koenigsegg Advanced Manufacturing meaning this part rolls off the same production line as the carbon fiber parts on Koenigsegg’s hypercars. Balancing downforce and effectively reducing lift at the front end of Dark Knight is an Unplugged Performance Autobahn Front Carbon Fiber Diffuser, a first for an S-APEX build. Wrapping up the build is a sleek satin black finish exterior with exposed bits of its carbon fiber body.
Pairing the Model S-APEX driving experience to the hypercar speed of the Plaid comes in the form of improved suspension and braking components, a must for anyone wanting to increase the performance and safety of their Tesla for high-performance or track driving.
Increasing grip and cornering speeds come from the inclusion of a variety of Unplugged Performance Suspension parts. Their Sports Dynamic Lowering Kit lowers the center of gravity for improved handling, and the 3-way adjustable Rear Sway Bar and GT Rear Strut Tower Brace reduce body-roll and increase dynamic rotation. An extensive list of billet aluminum adjustable control arms including Adjustable Front Upper Control Arms, Rear Camber Arms, Rear Toe Arms, and Rear Traction and Trailing Arms increase strength, reduce weight, and allow for precise alignment adjustments to front and rear toe, camber and caster.
For those wanting a full race coilover conversion suspension, Unplugged Performance offers their UP x Öhlins TTX 2-way or 4-Way Pikes Peak Spec Coilovers, the pinnacle of racing coilovers for those Model S Plaid owners that plan to hit the track regularly.
Inside Dark Knight, luxury meets sustainability with a custom interior created in collaboration with von Holzhausen. Crafted using their Banbū vegan leather in a gorgeous Amber color scheme, von Holzhausen’s proprietary material is plant-based and offers a buttery-soft lambskin-like touch, is scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, water-resistant, lightweight, and made from the most renewable raw material on earth. Yes, you guessed it – bamboo. Unplugged Performance is proud to partner with von Holzhausen to exclusively offer a luxurious guilt-free interior that is aligned with our core values.
After the build was done, we gave this Unplugged Performance S-APEX a few finishing touches, ensuring its finish is well protected for years to come. First, the Bulletproof Auto Spa team at our Los Angeles location, began with a complete Prime XR Plus premium ceramic window tint. This was followed by a complete vehicle XPEL Ultimate Plus PPF (Paint Protection Film), ensuring its paint finish is protected against the elements, but also, giving it a much cleaner & impressive look. However, to further protect the PPF, our team applied a full vehicle Gyeon Q2 Matte EVO ceramic coating, ensuring an even greater level of protection. And finally, we’ve ceramic coated the full wheel barrelrs & brake calipers, ensuring that brake dust and road particles can be easily washed off as well.
The end result of the work on this Tesla Model S Plaid can be seen in the media gallery right below. If you are interested in our detailing & paint protection services for your Tesla, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away. Our sales team will provide you with a detailed quote for the services required right away.