Video: Tesla Model S Takes on the Pontiac Firebird 400 in a Burnout Contest

Very few cars in this world can match burnout wits with a muscle car as revered as the 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 so at first glance, you’d be excused if you laughed when you saw that a Tesla Model S was taking a stab it.

But hey, you can’t judge a book by its cover, right?

It sounds crazy, but the Tesla Model S, despite being electrically-powered, can do burnouts with the best of ’em. Granted, performing burnouts in a Model S is a little trickier than on a Firebird 400, so you have to excuse the electric sedan ’s short bursts of tire smoke.

William Hawkins II, the guy who owns both cars, admitted that disabling traction control on the Model S only allows you to achieve a certain amount of smoke, not nearly enough to compete with the Firebird 400. But in the end, that Model S burnout could be described as a little more impressive given what the car has to work with compared to the Pontiac, which, let’s be honest, was created for things like this.

So give the Tesla Model S its due props for earning its burnout keep. Impressive for a car that runs on electricity.

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2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is the perfect example of a car that has the aesthetic credentials of a luxury vehicle and combines it with a powertrain that’s as quiet as it is efficient. As an electric sedan, the Model S’ performance is one to behold, thanks to a slew of battery options that includes a range-topping 85 kWh battery.

The 88 kWh version is for those who want a bit more performance out of their Model S. It figures, then, that with a 0-to-60 mph time of just 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph, the Model S is fully capable of being that performance/electric/luxury model people are inclined to enjoy.

And the best part: Tesla is building a network of free fast-charging stations across the nation, making the car that much more awesome to have on your garage.


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