The Model S Plaid has been a bully on the drag strip, but it may have finally met its match in this 1,200-horsepower Mustangby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 04:13
After obliterating the likes of the GT-R, the Taycan Turbo S, and most recently, the Dodge Demon, the Tesla Model S Plaid faced its next challenger (or should we say, its next ‘victim’?) in the form of a tuned Ford Mustang GT500. The Mustang puts out 1,200 horses; almost 200 ponies more than its electric rival. Just like the Tesla, this Mustang is also a sub-10-second car. Will the Plaid finally succumb to an internal combustion-engined car in straight-line races?
How Did The 1,200-Horsepower Mustang Do Against The Model S Plaid?
Let’s get the specs out of the way first. The Mustang GT500 is powered by a 5.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that puts out 1,200 horses; almost 450 ponies more than the stock model. Torque figures aren’t mentioned. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a Tremec-sourced seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The Model S Plaid, on the other hand, features three electric motors that put out 1,020 horses combined. Power is sent to all four wheels. Brooks mentioned that he’s now got lighter wheels that reduce the weight by around 40 pounds altogether. They are wrapped in wider Michelin Pilot 4S tires. The car had 67-percent charge before the race began.
In its test pass, the Mustang GT500 ran the quarter-mile in 9.827 seconds at 146.88 mph. The Model S Plaid was quicker and finished its test pass in 9.26 seconds at 151.19 mph.
Coming to the race, the Plaid got the lead right away, thanks to all the torque available instantly. It stayed ahead the whole time and beat American muscle. It recorded a time of 9.384 seconds at 149.05 mph, whereas the Mustang finished the run in 9.864 seconds at 147.97 mph. The second race was pretty much the same, but the difference was even smaller. The Plaid completed the run in 9.472 seconds at 148.33 mph, and the Mustang took 9.827 seconds at 148.40 mph.
Shmee150 Also Raced The Model S Plaid In His Stock Mustang GT500
Before taking on this 1,200-horsepower Mustang, Brooks raced the standard Mustang GT500 that was driven by Tim, another YouTube sensation known as Shmee popularly. The car is finished in Grabber Lime exterior shade with carbon fiber wheels. It was obviously no match for the Model S Plaid during the game time, but the car was not slow by any means. In its test pass, it took 10.99 seconds to finish the quarter-mile run at 129.68 mph.
The Mustang GT500 was in stock condition, which means it made 760 horses and 625 pound-feet of twist from its supercharged V-8 Predator mill. Brooks gave Shmee a headstart to make the race a little more competitive, but the Plaid being Plaid, it just rocketed past the Ford in no time. The Mustang completed the race in 10.937 seconds at 130.27 mph, whereas the Tesla finished it in 9.309 at 150.56 mph. The second race was no different. This time, the GT500 sprinted the quarter-mile in 10.893 seconds at 130.44 mph and the Model S Plaid in 9.323 seconds at 150.06 mph.
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