Tesla Delays Model S Plaid Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit Again

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Buyers awaiting Tesla’s carbon ceramic brake kits will have to wait a little longer, as spotted on the automaker’s online store.

Tesla seems to have delayed the carbon ceramic brake kits in its web store once again, with the product listing now displaying that it will be available in early 2023 (via @The Kilowatts).

The news comes despite the ceramic brakes being delayed to Fall 2023 earlier this year, and although they’ve already been delivered select customers like YouTube reviewer MKBHD and Tesla aftermarket parts tuner, Unplugged Performance.

The entire kit, which comes at the hefty price of $20,000, includes carbon-silicon carbide rotors, single-piece forged calipers with high-performance pads and a brake fluid designed for use at high braking temperatures.

“Our rotors feature continuous-fiber technology and are constructed in a unique 3D matrix to add strength and manage heat more effectively,” Tesla writes in the product listing. “For additional durability, a ceramic friction layer covers the entire rotor surface to reduce brake dust, corrosion and wear, while also improving pedal feel for daily driving.”

The part is considered required hardware for reaching Tesla’s top recorded speeds, and it’s only compatible with Model S Plaid units including 21-inch Arachnid wheels, as stated in the product description.

Tesla is also working with Orbis and NASA to create carbon-ceramic brakes for the Model S Plaid, expected to be even cheaper and lighter than the automaker’s currently listed kit.