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Watch a Tesla Model S P100D do 0-60 in 2.7 seconds – in the rain

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There are plenty of videos out there showing how fast Teslas are at 0-60 and in the quarter mile.  In dry conditions, the Model S can beat almost anything off the line – including the Lamborghini Huracan, Challenger Hellcat and just about everything else.  The Model X can even beat an Alfa Romeo 4C while towing an Alfa Romeo 4C.  But all of those are in the dry – what about in suboptimal conditions?

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These electric drag racers are shockingly fast

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Electric drag racing is still a niche pursuit, but a few enterprising racers are setting some very impressive times in custom electric drag racers.  In the last couple weeks, new records have been set by both Black Current, an electric VW Beetle based in the UK, and Shock and Awe, an electric Pontiac Firebird built by students at Bothell High School in Washington state.  We’ve all seen – and been impressed by – Tesla drag race videos, but these electric door slammers take it to another level entirely.

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The difference 5 kWh can make: Tesla Model S P85D vs P90D both with Ludicrous mode [Video]

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The main difference between the top two performance versions of the Tesla Model S is simply 5 kWh of energy capacity. Tesla used to offer the Model S P85D, a performance (P) Model S with a 85 kWh battery pack (85) and dual motors (D). The vehicle’s top performance mode was called ‘Insane’.

The automaker later introduced a new version, the Model S P90D, which is the same car, but with a 90 kWh battery pack. When introducing the new pack, Tesla also introduced a new performance mode, ‘Ludicrous’, which is obviously better than ‘Insane’. 

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Most Ludicrous Tesla Model S drag race yet ushers in Qantas tie up [Video]

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There have been a lot of Tesla Model S/X drag races, some more ridiculous than others. But today’s might take the cake.

Australian Airline Qantas put their 737-800up against Tesla’s Model S  along the three kilometre runway at Avalon Airport southwest of Melbourne, Australia. Nevermind that the Tesla Model S can’t even do 181 mph which is the take off speed of this aircraft.

Plane versus car… pilot versus driver. We raced our Boeing 737 against a Tesla Model S to celebrate innovation and sustainability with Tesla Motors.

Who won? My 1st reaction was “certainly not the environment” – they probably used the same amount of petrol that all of Tesla Model S/X in Australia saved together in a year on this stunt. But Qantas says they’ve offset that somehow and have some exciting tie-ups with Tesla Motors. Head south for details…and the drag video… 

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Ridiculous Tesla Drag Race: Alfa Romeo vs Alfa Romeo being towed by a Model X

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We’ve seen some pretty ridiculous Tesla drag races over the years, more recently a Model S vs a snowmobile, but this one easily takes the first prize. At first glance, it might look like a fair fight, a Alfa Romeo 4C versus a Alfa Romeo 4C, but the second one is actually being towed by a Model X P90D.

If we want to be more accurate and look beyond the gimmick, the race is really between a Alfa Romeo 4C and a Tesla Model X P90D towing ~2,500 lbs, which is still an interesting experiment. 

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Tesla Model X owners already claiming world records for fastest 1/8 and 1/4 mile of any SUV [Videos]

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As Tesla is ramping up production of the Model X, more early reservation holders are taking delivery of their all-electric SUV and a few of them are already taking it to the tracks.

Drag racing a SUV seems like an absurd idea at first, but a Model X P90D with the “Ludicrous Speed Upgrade” can accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, making it very competitive with a wide range of sport cars.

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