Tesla Model S Versus BMW 335i – Drag Race Video

3 years ago by Mike Anthony 15

And we are off!

And we are off!

While we know the world eagerly is awaiting some track races pitting the amazing P85D Model S with 691 hp, and 687 lb-ft of torque versus some unsuspecting prey – those videos are still three months out.

In the meantime, here a Tesla Model S P85 goes up against what we believe to be a modded BMW e90 335i (maybe some BMW fans can assist us with identifying this model and perhaps some of its mods).

Both of these vehicles were itching to win this drag race and it sure was a close call!

We are uncertain as to what modifications that the Bimmer has, though it is clear that this is not a stock BMW.

The Model S 85 kWh Performance, with its instant torque, still makes it a strong contender on the track.

Check out the video above to see who wins this race.

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15 responses to "Tesla Model S Versus BMW 335i – Drag Race Video"

  1. Max says:

    That BMW sounds like a 2-stroke weed slasher.

    1. Foo says:

      The Ultimate Trimming Machine.

  2. ELROY says:

    That’s about the time a stock 335i runs. There are plenty of 650-700hp ones running around that even the “D” won’t touch with its mediocre 11.8sec qtr mile. My 335i ran 11.1 at around 130mph. The Tesla D will be lucky to touch 122mph in the qtr mile. Just check out drag times for 335i results.

    1. Nix says:

      It will be interesting once somebody figures out how to hack the D’s computers. Folks have already figured out how to hack GM Volts, and have taken them from a mellow nearly 9 second 0-60 car, to a screamer with 0-60’s in the 5’s!

      Nothing like nearly cutting the 0-60 nearly in half with some computer wizardry. A tuned BMW will never have a chance against a tuned D. It may take a while until some folks are getting closer to being out of warranty, but EV’s will get tuned just like gassers. It is all just a matter of time.

  3. ModernMarvelFan says:

    How come Tesla fan always show the straight lines? Can it beat the 335i in the corners?

    1. Robert says:

      Knowing your car, and knowing the road or the track, is as important as is having raw power, when it comes to straight or curved paths.

      My crappy old 1987 Chevy Sprint, with a 1.0 Litre, 3-Cylinder, was pulling ahead of a 2.8 Litre, V-6, powered Camaro, on a Straight line push, with every shift! Secret: Rapid Shifts were easy in the Sprint, and it had a good top rpm to work with in the 5-Speed manual!

    2. Jouni Valkonen says:

      Indeed. I hope that Tesla P85D has improved a lot the cooling of battery pack, because with 515 kW peak power, battery cells are overheated in matter of few minutes. And therefore car cannot keep up the pace on track more than few laps.

      Anyway I expect that Tesla has imporved the cooling and we can expect nice lap records at Nürburgring! Being the fastest full size sedan that has ever driven around the Ring.

      1. ELROY says:

        With today’s battery technology, the D won’t come close to a Nurburgring record. But the D would be fine on the street for most everyday sporty driving needs.

        1. Robert says:

          Elroy, I have wondered for some time what a Tesla Model S Battery pack performance would be like if they built one using the A123 cells in the 18650 format!
          See: http://www.buya123batteries.com/APR18650M1A_Lithium_Ion_Cylindrical_Cell_p/300030-001.htm for some info.

          True, with just 3.2V x 1.1Ah per cell, the energy available is only about 28% or so, compared to 3.1Ah x 3.6V cell Tesla uses, but Tesla’s cell are rated about 2C or maybe 3C, while the A123 Cells can dish out 30C!

          Basically, the cars range would drop to about that of the LEAF or maybe the Kia Soul EV, but it could sure crank races like this 1/4 mile drag!!!

        2. Nix says:

          Tesla isn’t trying for ring records with the S. That isn’t what it is built for. That car will be the next-gen New Roadster that Tesla has already announced they will be building on the GEN III chassis.

          Think of the D’s drivetrain in a much smaller vehicle, with all the low center of gravity advantages that come with a battery pack located below the center of the wheel hubs in the middle of the vehicle. Something the original Lotus based Roadster didn’t have. My brain hurts from the G-forces already.

    3. Nix says:

      Model S is a much bigger car than the 3-Series. The comparison in the corners would be to the 5-Series or the 7-Series. The Model S falls roughly in-between the two in size.

      With the D’s low center of gravity due to the battery pack down low, and the D’s AWD, I would expect those big BMW’s to have a real hard time keeping up. They also weigh quite a bit too, pushing over 4,000 lbs themselves.

  4. Nix says:

    Even with turbo power, the BMW suffers an altitude disadvantage at a mile high in altitude. (Bandimere speedway)

    Natural advantage: EV’s.

    1. ELROY says:

      That is correct. Whenever I was chasing after the, 335i quarter mile record, I looked for the best DA conditions. Low elevation and cool weather. I made plenty of 850 mile trips to Sacramento Raceway, lol. For at least a year, I had the quickest 335i in the nation.