Published on October 14th, 2018 |
by Cynthia Shahan
October 14th, 2018 by Cynthia Shahan
Originally published on EVANNEX.
Even without the much-feared “Ludicrous Mode,” Tesla’s Model 3 Performance version is creating some jaw-dropping scenes at drag race venues.
Erik Strait took a Tesla Model 3 Performance for a few 1/4 mile drag races and the results were really impressive — racing a Tesla Model X P100DL, Model 3 lost by a difference of only 0.1 second.
According to Erik, Model X and Model 3 were charged to 75% and 98%, respectively, before the race began. The thing to remember here is that the Model X was a Performance 100 kWh racing with Ludicrous Mode (P100DL).
Later in the video we can see that the dual-motor Tesla Model 3 Performance smoked an old souped-up car and a Chevrolet Camaro SS, which is not a stock vehicle as well.
Camaro SS lost the 1/4 mile drag race to the Model 3 Performance by 1.093 seconds — and don’t forget, a full second difference means a lot in a quarter-mile drag race.
Previously, a RWD Model 3 broke its own quarter-mile record set by the Motor Trend testing team. The best quarter-mile finish by a rear-wheel-drive Model 3 is 13.330 sec @ 104.07 mph.
Model 3 Performance is on a whole new level when it comes to acceleration — in the three drag races in the above video, Erik’s Model 3 Performance finished the quarter-mile in 11.762 sec @ 115.2 mph which really reflects Tesla‘s exemplary engineering chops.
In a previous attempt, Erik also took the Performance Model 3 to the track to race against a McLaren 570S Spider, which is a purpose-built racing machine that costs around $200,000 — the price of two Performance Model 3s plus one Standard Model 3.
That said, in two attempts, Erik was able to get as close as possible and lost by a difference of 0.167 second and 0.208 only.
I’ll let you folks judge the results on the track, but it’s no wonder critics from the Wall Street Journal to Top Gear are raving about the Model 3 Performance.
Related: Tesla Model 3 Performance Is A Freakin’ Race Car — Unbeatable
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