When you think of the world's fastest cars, images of supercars and loud engines with superchargers and forced induction come to mind.
The last thing you would ever consider to be the fastest car in the world is a car with no engine, no forced induction and no fuel. This is the Tesla Model S P85D and today we are going to drag race the P85+, which is rear wheel drive to show you just how fast it is.
The all-wheel drive P85D uses two electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear. The rear one produces 375kW of power, while the one at the front produces 193kW of power. To put that into perspective, it's like putting the new twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG C63 under the back and the Volkswagen Golf R under the front — the numbers are simply staggering.
Before we drag race these two, let's set a benchmark with this thing. It's a VBox and it's going to use GPS to get an accurate 0-100km/h time.
So, we've got the whole drag strip to ourselves, we have the P85D and the VBox. We are in insane mode, so let's see just how good it is.
What the hell...I can't actually get my face off the seat. 120km/h, 130, 140, 160km/h before jumping on to the brakes. Insane mode does exactly what it says. According to the VBox we just did a 0-100km/h time of just 3.5-seconds — that's Porsche 911 Turbo and Lamborghini Huracan territory. It's seriously fast and can carry seven people in some configurations.
To give you a proper appreciation of just how fast the P85D is, we've lined up the P85+, which is Tesla's rear-wheel drive sedan that produces 310kW of power — it's barely what you'd call a slouch. I think we need to take these two to the drag strip.
We have the lovely Alexis standing in, here we go. Oh my God, what the hell? Look at it!
That is absolutely insane...this car is fast, that is just...I can't even think of words to describe it.
That has totally blown me away, it's a four-door sedan that can be had with up to seven seats in the USA. It's competing on a speed scale with some of the world's fastest supercars.
Can you imagine what it's going to be like when Tesla sits down to build its sports car, the Roadster? I know for me, I can't wait!