By Steve Hanley
Sure, I know. We have all seen dozens, if not hundreds, of videos showing a Tesla Model S P85D outgunning any number of exotic (and expensive) cars in drag racing. It has faced off against virtually every gasoline-powered car on the planet and won. It has even beaten polo ponies and could probably get the better of Usain Bolt in the 100 yard dash.
But have you ever seen a full compilation of all the cars the P85D has defeated all organized into one video? Watch this Drag Times mashup of Tesla Model S P85D drag racing videos. It clearly shows the difference between a Tesla and a fossil fuel car and that difference comes down to one word — torque.
Time and time again, the Tesla P85D simply dances away down the drag strip as soon as the lights turn green. The combustion engine car in the next lane makes some wonderful sounds, but in the end, all that bucking and snorting, revving, and redlining has the same result — a gasoline engine simply cannot deliver maximum torque at lower engine speeds. Once the Christmas Tree runs through its carefully choreographed sequence, every conventional car has to wait a beat or two for the power to arrive. It’s during that break in the action that the Tesla makes good its escape.
Now, there is nothing wrong with the sound of a high-revving, expensive race engine. People all over America flock to drag strips to experience the thunder of Top Fuel dragsters. Those engines can make your ears bleed. They can rattle your rib cage and make your intestines quiver. The Tesla does none of those things.
What it does do is scoot down a quarter-mile track faster than just about any car on earth at any price. Then it can take up to 7 people home from the track in silent elegance. Try that with your Funny Car. And if you think the P85D is awesome, the new P90D is even awesomer!