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This Jet-Powered Model S Is Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Or Heard Before

Unlike most EVs, this P85 with the additional thrust sounds like a fighter jet before take-off

Have you ever seen a Tesla Model S powered by a jet engine? Well, this particular Model S P85 has not one, but three of them sitting at the back, and not only does it look outrageous, but as you can already imagine, it sounds phenomenal. The brilliant, as well as an insane idea, comes from Warped Perception, who decided to put this idea to the test, for his YouTube channel.

Overview

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Take, for instance, Matt Mikka, who runs his YouTube Channel, Warped Perception. He decided to mount not one, but three miniature jet engines to the read of his P85 Model S

This Tesla Model S with jet engines is a real thing. Now, although most modern electric vehicles have superb acceleration, to begin with, some individuals are still dissatisfied. Take, for instance, Matt Mikka, who manages and runs his YouTube channel Warped Perception.

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With that, there was just one thing left to do, take it out on the open road, of course

The man who owns a Tesla Model S P85 decided to test the effect of adding three jet engines. Now, this might sound absurd, the concept is not new. Elon Musk previously stated that the upcoming Tesla Roadster could have miniature "Rockets" to increase speed even further, as though acceleration was the ultimate hurdle.

The Mods

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The frame that was going to support the engines was reinforced from underneath the vehicle

Matt conducted the experiment on an older Model S P85. For starters, he installed a new gasoline tank and a unique mount to accommodate the three jet engines at the rear of the car. The engines are said to burn anywhere between 1.5 gallons and 2 gallons of fuel per minute. Regardless of the fact that it was a simple job, the YouTuber claims it took him a long time to complete.

Out On The Highway

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After he found an off-ramp which wasn’t as busy, Matt managed to hit 60 mph, purely on jet-power, despite one of the engines malfunctioning

Matt also claims that the electric car can be operated purely with jet engines alone. The video shows the first test, which comprised a freeway run just outside of L.A. with just two "Rockets" out of three in action, without the assistance of electric motors, of course.

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Pit stop is done, it was time to hit the road again. Destination?

Matt accelerated to 60 mph. Hearing these engines though was something else. It was like having access to your own afterburners to liven things up after a hard day at work.

Jet-Powered Tesla

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A 1.5 mile abandoned stretch of road, where Matt could put his P85 to the ultimate test. The surface was damp though

After what was a fairly successful run, the YouTuber found a more remote location to put this build to the ultimate test. He really wanted to measure the effect of the propulsion systems together under acceleration.

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Now most modern EVs already offer some pretty staggering acceleration of the bat, but it just enough for some folks out there

Now let’s look at the acceleration data. On a relatively damp stretch of road, the regular Model S P85D with EV power takes 4.38 seconds to hit 62 mph. Firing up the three jet engines in the back, on the other hand, took this EV (now powered by Jet propulsion) to 3.32 seconds, which is borderline supercar territory.

Sure, it’s no longer an electric car and the fanboys were let down, but who wouldn’t like to put on a good show at night? This Tesla looks ballistic even while standing still, while most EVs sound like they’re in church before launch, this one sounds like a jet before taking off of an aircraft carrier.

To Sum It Up

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There really is something to be said about the notion that the car can be propelled using only the jet engines and can go at 60 mph on the highway, despite the fact that one of the engines failed. However, the fact remains that the newest Model S Plaid performs far better even without any extraneous features. While using any kind of fossil fuel in an EV is just wrong, this one was obviously done purely in the interest of science and entertainment.

You can watch the jet-powered Tesla in action in the video below


Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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