DragTimes Sets NEDRA-Certified 1/4-Mile Record For Production 4-Door Car In Tesla Model S P100DL – Video

OCT 24 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 24

10.76 Seconds For The 1/4-Mile Becomes Official New Record For 4-Door Production Car

10.76 Seconds For The 1/4-Mile Becomes Official New Record For 4-Door Production Car

The folks over at DragTimes were back at it again, meaning they were out on the track in a Tesla Model S looking to race some not-so-lucky competition.

This time though, DragTimes had their spanking new Model S P100DL out there and was looking to set a record.

Turns out, it was a record-setting night:

“We set a new NEDRA certified record for an electric or any all stock 4 door car with the Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous running 10.76 in the 1/4 mile at Palm Beach International Raceway.”

So, it’s now official. The Tesla Model S P100DL is the world’s fastest production 4-door vehicle at 10.76 seconds down the 1/4-mile.

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24 Comments on "DragTimes Sets NEDRA-Certified 1/4-Mile Record For Production 4-Door Car In Tesla Model S P100DL – Video"

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What is the acceleration time 100-200km/h?

0-100km/h is about 2.7s 0-200 is in the ballpark ist of 10.7s. So 100-200 should be 8s.
In comparison (0-100/0-200)
M6 3.9/11.7
RS7 3.6/12.5
Panamera Turbo 3.7/12.9
CLS AMG S 3.6/11.7
S P100D 2.7/10.7

Which shows the top end disparity compared to the faster ICE cars. While the 100-200 split for the Tesla is 8 seconds, the M6 is only 7.8 seconds, while the AMG is 8.1 seconds. So if you are cruising at 62 mph (a real world scenario), and accelerate to 124 mph the Tesla is no faster than the other two cars. After 120mph, I’m sure the other two cars will walk away. This is similar from what we have seen on other videos. Spectacular launch from the Tesla. A 60 mph roll, not so spectacular compared to other factory offerings. And of course some of those other factory sedans can top 175 mph, or 200 mph (Hellcat sedan).

All true. Keep in mind the Tesla has a single-speed direct drivetrain (NO transmission) and also gets 90MPGe while still being capable of these performance numbers.

And the Tesla sedan hauls SUV-like stuff. 2 trunks with hatch.

Can those others do that? Model S can also seat 7, if you have the jumpseats in the rear and a couple kids!

This is what you tell the wife when her eyes pop out as she hears the price! 🙂

What’s also true of that roll-on contest is that the listed cars have to be near their HP curve spikes, when they contest a P100DL at 62mph. That is what is so lame about them. You’d have to downshift and sit at least above 4,000RPM, before anything happened that would give you a chance…ultimately at prison.

Try doing 100 or so 100-200 kph all out acceleration runs in any of those cars except the Tesla and you’ll be replacing or repairing your engine.

WARREN — Your extrapolation is faulty. You have failed to account for a number of major factors, such as these: 1) Turbo spool-up. 2) Gearbox downshift. 3) Change in momentum. 4) Throttle response. 5) Flywheel effect. Etc. In your imaginary 100-200, you are relying on numbers collected on vehicles that are already under full acceleration when they hit 100. That is not at all how 100-200 magazine tests work. For a VALID 100-200 magazine test, the vehicles are supposed to be cruising at 100 in normal operation. Then the drivetrain has to actually change the momentum of the vehicle, and the momentum of the engine/flywheel/driveshafts, etc. If a downshift is needed, the downshift is counted in a magazine test. The Model S has the advantage in all of these categories. 1) There are no turbos to spool up like those turbo cars on your list. No turbo on the Tesla to spool, advantage Tesla. 2) No gearbox in the Tesla to downshift, advantage Tesla. 3) The Model S doesn’t have an air throttle, so there is no lag in throttle response due to the distance between the throttle body and the intake valves, advantage Tesla 4) Tesla has no flywheel,… Read more »
You are right, there is so much variance on how one could start a 100-200kmh run, that it HAS to be under a full acceleration run to have meaningful comparison of a car’s acceleration numbers and “capabilities.” The standard among us that race is 60-130mph runs. In Europe it is 100-200km/h. And your time is the fastest you can do that spread. And almost 100% of the time, these runs are made by fully accelerating past the 60mph mark, not “starting” to accelerate at that speed. So yes, while some of the ICE cars might be able to get a better time in the 60-130 by perhaps shifting before the 60mph mark, the Tesla is already at its optimum. But the results are certainly valid for the ICEs, even if they may be handicapped by measuring it during a full acceleration run without optimizing for a 60-130 run. Perfect example: A F1 car can run some incredible quarter mile times and 0-60 times. But your average driver would stall it on the launch. Does this mean the car is not capable of a good 0-60 time in the hands of an average driver without stalling or spinning it out? Probably.… Read more »

If you’re saying that trap speeds are the purpose of 1/4 mile drag racing, you’d be wrong. It’s elapsed time. So this song and dance of moving goalposts I consistently hear from ICE car enthusiast is getting old.

The fact that you mention modified cars in relation to a stock, off the showroom floor car, is indicative of the further and further reaching needed to place Tesla in an inferior position.

You mentioned that several stock cars will out pull the Model S at higher speeds. I’m quite sure your omission as to why was deliberate. A P100D at peak is more powerful than all the stock cars you mentioned, so the only reasons they pull away is because the Tesla HAS A SINGLE GEAR and is TOP SPEED LIMITED!

Set up a Tesla with gearing like a Rimac Concept One and remove the 155 mph limitation, I’d bet money those goalpost would move again, to longevity or prestige or whatever else you can cling to!

Said no one ever

You clearly haven’t driven on the autobahn.

I certainly have. Cruised 245km/h On my way from Munich to Salzberg. Of course once you hit Austria, the speed limits are restricted. The 535d cruises close to 150mph effortlessly.

Not that it’s possible to do a full quarter mile without “top end”, but it’s great Tesla also out-classes the competition where its customers can use it. You get all that speed, and don’t have to worry about plowing off an exit ramp, with all that weight in front. You don’t have to worry about that exploded diagram of parts, that look so good in the commercial, slowing down and making the torque-vectoring so crude.

Choose the next car you drive, wisely.

So here in LA LA Land, which is what, the second largest Tesla market? I see NO ONE EVER driving a Tesla with any kind of verve whatsoever. So what’s the point of drag racing a stock production car. Boring…

It’s because when you know you’re the best and can leave pretty much anyone smelling your dust, there’s no need to prove it all the time. Maybe when something’$ on the line, sure. Otherwise, they’re probably just enjoying the quiet comfort of their ride, instead of driving with “verve”…

Two weeks ago, a Mercedes was in front of me going into a two lane exit hair pin. He actually had his blinker on to alert that he was about to cross both lanes for his apex . Given I was at the track several weeks prior, doing 120 off the S’s, it seemed like a good time to show what a GT40 cg, lowered coil Tesla can do to get around “the Benz”. He ended up eating all ~430kw at exit, before finishing the apex that was supposed to complete his night.

It isn’t happening only at drag strips. I’m usually quick to criticize Tesla’s single drive-mode power cuts, when the turns get “intersection” tight. The truth is that, while you can’t easily “lift&counter steer” a Tesla, it holds wider lines and allows throttle right up until it starts vectoring down, for grip. It’s FAST.

Just crushes the competition.

next year I want to see carbon fiber Model S P100DL or P115DL with 2170 cells and 170 mph top speed

Carbon fiber development dollars would be better spent on a Gen II Roadster.

No need for that, better wish for it has 2 gears instead of one, like the RIMAC and it crushes everything. This could be T100D, which stands for Track racing, with sufficient cooling.

A prototype electric car, the Eliica, in 2004 had a top speed of 370 km/h (230 mph) on Italy’s Nardò High Speed Track.

Quand la lumière tourne au vert…
Une Tesla torche instantanément tout MCI sur terre.
When the light goes green…
A Tesla blows out every ICE instantanously on earth.
God, I want one…
From an old Acura turbo tuner guy…

The shear irony of charging an electric car with a mobile diesel generator on top of an old pick-up boggles my mind. And even then (from Diesel to wheels), it’s probably more efficient than an ICE vehicle.