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Here’s the mother of all drag-races, with supercars and sportscars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the Mercedes AMG GTR, and even the Tesla Model S P100D competing for top honours. Watch these cars go pedal to metal for 400 meters in this video we’ve lined up for you.
Purists may cringe as the electric power beats turbocharged petrol engines, beating supercars and sportscars in their own game. Yes, the Tesla Model P100D, replete with the Ludicrous mode, wins this drag race, with a quarter mile timing of just 10.5 seconds, with an exit speed of 200 Kph.
This goes on to show how much torque electric cars like the Tesla put down right from idle and how this torque delivers some really blistering acceleration, enough to make supercars seem slow in comparison. For the record, the Tesla is the heaviest car in this drag race due to all those Lithium Ion batteries stacked-in. Yet, the immense 1058 Nm of torque that the Model S generates right at idle is what makes all the difference.
The Ferrari 488 GTB, powered by a 4 liter twin turbocharged V8 petrol engine (662 Bhp-761 Nm) runs the Tesla close, with a 10.6 second quartermile run, and so does the Porsche 911 Turbo S (580 Bhp-699 Nm), with a similar 10.6 second timing. The rest of the cars – though a lot faster than your average road car – are slower than the Tesla, Ferrari and Porsche. The Ferrari and Porsche would have beaten the Tesla given more road. But as things stand inthe drag race, the Tesla shows electric is BOSS!
India is seeing people importing Teslas privately, even as the American automaker is contemplating setting-up operations here. Orders for a budget model, called the Model 3, have been taken from India. However, deliveries are yet to begin. The Model 3 hatchback will be the most affordable Tesla electric car ever built, with a price of about 22 lakh rupees.