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Can The McLaren 765 LT Score An Upset Victory Over The Tesla Model S Plaid On The Drag Strip?

You know the Model S Plaid is seriously fast when the McLaren 765 LT plays the underground in a face-off

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Brooks from DragTimes brought two of his best vehicles on the drag strip for a face-off. The contenders are a Tesla Model S Plaid and a McLaren 765 LT. The Plaid is invincible, but the McLaren is no slouch. The 765 LT was the quickest production car to a quarter-mile before the Plaid arrived, taking just 9.3 seconds at 150+ mph. So, this will be an interesting match-up. From the looks of it, the Plaid might claim the bragging rights, but could the McLaren score some upset victories?

The Plaid’s Got Some Serious Competition Here

Can The McLaren 765 LT Score An Upset Victory Over The Tesla Model S Plaid On The Drag Strip?
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The Model S Plaid is powered by three electric motors that churn out 1,020 horses combined.

Power is routed to all four wheels. The Plaid is equipped with Michelin Pilot 4S tires and it had a 96-percent charge before the races began.

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The McLaren 765 LT puts out 755 horses from its 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine
The McLaren 765LT, on the other hand, is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that makes 755 horses.

Power is channeled to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It rides on Pirelli P-Zero tires and is completely stock, just like its rival here.

The McLaren weighs just 3,030 pounds, almost 1,800 pounds lighter than the 4,833-pound Tesla.

Is The McLaren Any Match For The King Of The Drag Strip?

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In the first race, the Plaid jumped the start. The official reaction time also confirmed the same. But, both the cars completed the race, which, of course, the Plaid won. It took 9.270 seconds at 152 mph, whereas the McLaren 765 LT took 9.938 seconds at 143.37 mph.

Can The McLaren 765 LT Score An Upset Victory Over The Tesla Model S Plaid On The Drag Strip?
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The second race was legit and the McLaren was actually quicker off the lines due to better reaction times. It still couldn’t win though, as it took 10.03 seconds at 144.04 mph. The Tesla, on the other hand, took 9.279 seconds at 151.27 mph.

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The third run was no different. The Model S Plaid again beat the McLaren 765 LT quite convincingly. In fact, it recorded its best run this time. The EV took 9.261 seconds at 152.66 mph, whereas the 765 LT took 10.150 seconds with a trap speed of 143.93 mph.

Quick Sprints There By The Model S Plaid

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The Tesla Model S Plaid comes with a tri-motor setup that makes 1,020 horses combined

Brooks managed to record some fairly quick times here and came quite close to his best run. He had posted a time of 9.248 seconds a few months back, 0.001 seconds slower than Jay Leno’s time. Leno’s record was broken by another Plaid which clocked 9.081 seconds, but it’s only a matter of time before the Plaid becomes a sub-nine-second car. In case you didn’t know, the Model S Plaid also recently set a world record for the fastest production EV at the Nürburgring. It beat the Porsche Taycan Turbo’s record by 12 seconds.

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The second race was legit. The McLaren took 10.03 seconds at 144.04 mph to reach the quarter-mile, but the Tesla was quicker and it took 9.279 seconds at 151.27 mph

Watch the Model S Plaid vs McLaren 765 LT drag race below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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