The power of electric cars should not be underestimated, and this demonstration of a Tesla Model S Performance with 100kWh battery and dual motor (P100D) outrunning a Holden HSV GTS in a quarter mile race shows what Tesla’s flagship sedan is capable of.
It’s something that many may not realise about electric vehicles – sedate electric golf buggies are often what first comes to mind.
Electric vehicles have something that ICE (internal combustion engine) cars do not – instant torque, meaning there is no switching up gears to get up to top speed.
Tesla cars in addition to this have a special setting that uncorks the full power of the battery and motor to take them into super car territory – Ludicrous Mode.
Now, the Holden HSV GTS, which is a turbo-charged V8 supercar with a 6.2 litre engine and 430kW of gas-guzzling power, boasts a pretty cool 740Nm torque.
But the Tesla P100D, which has a top speed of 250km/hr and 330kW maximum power from its’ all-wheel, dual motor set up, not only has 980Nm torque – its Ludicrous mode rockets its’ acceleration from 0-100km/hr in 2.7 seconds.
Pitted against the Tesla Model S at the Sydney dragway last December, the Holden HSV GTS just doesn’t have a chance.
Check it out for yourself – spoiler, the Model S P100D finishes the race in just 10.97 seconds, just under two seconds faster than the Holden supercar which crosses the line in 12.937 seconds.