Real estate investor Ben Mallah, who also owns a range of luxury cars, recently got his first test drive of a Tesla Model S Plaid. Ben, known in his circle for his love of cars, provided perhaps the most entertaining video review of Plaid to date and pretty much described how those who have tried it have felt. It’s like a missile.
Ben Mellah has an interesting life story. Before diving into his experience with the Tesla Model S Plaid, I’d like to share a small part of Ben’s story.
Ben has a net worth of $200 million, but he wasn’t born into it. The DuPont log daily Share Ben’s story, which is really inspiring. Ben was born and raised in Rockaway Queens, New York. There he learned how to wrestle and make it through life, and it was this mindset that enabled him to create the life he lives today.
What inspired Ben most, from what I gathered from reading the article, is the love he has for his family. He told the author that he did not fear death but feared what his death might do to his family. He wants his family to have the security and opportunity they didn’t have when he was a kid – and to provide them with a reality he could only dream of.
Ben’s collection of cars once included the Batmobile from 1989-1992 Batman Returns Starring Michael Keaton. Ben bought it for $225,000 and later sold it to Jeff Dunham for $315,000. He also owns a 1948 Bob Hope Special, four Rolls-Royce Phantoms, a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and a Bentley Continental GT.
Ben is also known in his community as the owner of Rolls Royce, as well as many other luxury cars. In the video above, Ben’s friend showed him his Tesla Model S Plaid. Having experienced the Plaid at Tesla’s Plaid event in June, watching Ben’s experience made me relive my own (although, unlike Ben, I wasn’t driving).
His friend mistook him and accidentally said that Tesla produced Plaid in 2001. We can forgive that.
On first inspection, Ben noticed that the plaid looks really hot. “She’s got some muscle now. They’ve put some nice curves in it. They’ve given it a really nice design.”
Ben Malik asked Plaid what he had done and learned that, as with him, he had started the real estate out of nothing. After entering the car, Ben noticed the unique interior features.
“The steering wheel makes you feel like you’re in a fighter plane! Those are the bomb buttons right here!”
“The steering wheel is incredible. I love it. It’s really cool.”
Then he put it on the ground.
Ben had to pause for a moment after laying him on the floor, explaining that he wasn’t on a theme park ride that would do what Plaid had just done. Ben described the Tesla Model S Plaid as a rocket, adding that there’s no other car where you can touch gas and get such smooth acceleration — not even in a Rolls Royce.
“I think I went black for a second. The acceleration was so strong that it pushed me off the wheel.”
After experiencing the powerful acceleration, he put it on autopilot. Ben was equally impressed with Tesla’s autopilot feature.
“The car gave us a very safe and perfect ride all the way through town, through traffic, through stops at traffic lights, and didn’t hit anyone. Then it takes us to an empty road and puts it in Plaid launch mode. Now you’re talking about the amusement park level.”
In this part of the video, Donnie took over and Ben was in the passenger seat. After I got the same reaction as I did (yes, I slept too – you can see my reaction here), Ben realized he didn’t want a car like Plaid, saying he almost passed out.
The next part of the video is where things got really interesting. Ben and Donnie raced a Tesla Model S Blade against Ben’s V12 Rolls Royce Dawn. Once the cars took off, Plaid naturally left the rolls behind and Ben’s reaction was priceless.
“I think this car is so futuristic that I’m trying to catch up because it totally doesn’t believe the technology this car has.”
You can watch the full video here.
Although he said Plaid was too much, I think it would be a great addition to his car collection. However, not everyone likes such fast cars, and I agree with him that not everyone should own something that powerful. There are a lot of people who do not know how to handle such a fast car.
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