Tesla Model S Performance Becomes the Quickest Production Electric Car

Have you ever noticed that the most impressive tests aren’t being made by the automaker itself? For example, Tesla never published enough information to show us what a truly amazing car the Model S Performance is. The folks over at DragTimes.com, however, put it to an extreme test at the Palm Beach International Raceway.

The result was pretty astounding, as it ran the quarter-mile in just 12.371 seconds at a speed of 110.84 mph, making the quickest production electric vehicle in the quarter-mile. The result was booked by the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA), so this is as official as it gets. Additionally, DragTimes.com clocked the model S from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds – 0.5 seconds faster than Tesla’s published time.

To add a little flavor to the mix, the above video shows said model S laying the beat-down on a Dodge Viper. Sure, the person driving the Viper likely needs to go back to racing school to learn how to correctly launch from the starting tree, but it still beat a Viper...

The Model S put to test was equipped with a special set of 21-inch wheels that weigh more than the standard 19-inch rims offered by Tesla, making the results doubly impressive. Under the hood, the electric car has an AC induction motor that delivers a total of 416 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.

As a reminder, DragTimes is the same site that put the Tesla Model S Performance on the dyno and obtained a pretty monstrous 388 horsepower at the rear wheels.


Source: DragTimes

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  (548) posted on 04.18.2013

It is nice that the Tesla S could beat the Viper in the race. Tesla car looks nice but I like the white version of the car. I also like the fact that it is an electronic car with AC induction motor.

  (2) posted on 01.29.2013

Not quite sure of the weight differences between the 2, but it seems the Tesla has a significant amount of hp & torque than the upcoming all electric DeLorean DMC Ev; curious what kind of numbers it would be put against the Tesla, considering it has 2 less doors than the Model S to make up where it comes short on the power side...has NEDRA ran a DeLorean electric yet?

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