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Can this Tesla-powered Ferrari 308 beat the iconic Testarossa?

Tesla power in a Ferrari doesn’t seem right, but wait until you see it go!

Tesla power in a Ferrari doesn’t seem right, but wait until you see it go!

A drag race between two Ferraris is always a treat, especially when they are both classic. Although CarWow mainly deals in the latest car manufacturers have to offer, they do occasionally do things purely for the fun of it. Such is the case with this video, in which a Ferrari 308 GTS and a Ferrari Testarossa throw down on the track. Essentially, this race is “Magnum PI” versus “Miami Vice,” and normally this race would be an easy win for the Testarossa, but one of these cars is hiding a dirty (also clean) secret.

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The Testarossa has a 4.9-liter flat-12 unit with 390 horsepower and 361 pound-feet (480 Nm), while the standard 308 GTS has a 2.9-liter V-8 with 208 horsepower and 181 pound-feet (245 Nm). Not this one, however.

The GTE badge on the back hints at some witchcraft happening under the body.

That’s because the 308 is now powered by a Tesla drivetrain, which puts out 450 horsepower and 442 pound-feet (600 Nm).

Here’s the kicker – the 308 is actually slightly lighter than when it had its original V-8 engine in it (1,490 kg vs 1,506 kg) despite the electric motors.

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No ABS and some sideways action
The 308 ends the braking test in a sideways fashion

You can thank the good people at Electric Classic Cars for the seamless conversion. Price-wise the Ferrari Testarossa comes at £125,000, while the Tesla-powered 308 costs £180,000.

The first drag race finishes with an expected and very convincing win for the electric 308. Less weight, no gearbox, and instant torque would give you a decisive win over the 1980s, manual, naturally-aspirated flat-12. Who knew?
In the end, the 308 crossed the line at 12.1 seconds, while the Testarossa took a still dignifying 13.3 seconds for the 1,320 feet.

Can this Tesla-powered Ferrari 308 beat the iconic Testarossa?
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While the Testarossa still has its original 4.9-liter flat-12
That produces 390 horsepower and 361 pound-feet

The second run comes with an interesting twist. Sam wants to do a rolling race from 45 mph (72.4 km/h), from second gear, so we can make use of the gear arrangement on the dog-leg gearbox in the Testarossa. Moreover, the Testarossa goes on “One”, while the 308 has to wait for the “Go”, before mashing the “Gas” pedal (pun intended). We won’t spoil the outcome, but let’s just say that the difference will surprise you more than the actual winner.

Can this Tesla-powered Ferrari 308 beat the iconic Testarossa?
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Two iconic Ferraris from two iconic TV series are about to face off
But one of them has a dirty secret

The brake test is another story, however, as the Testarossa not only stopped a bit better, but also managed to retain a straight trajectory. The 308, on the other hand, decided to go a bit sideways. Neither car has ABS.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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