Is the Tesla Model S Performance version the world's quickest production electric vehicle? According to the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA), it indeed is.
At a StreetCarDrags.com event this past weekend at the Palm Beach International Raceway, a Model S Performance tripped the quarter-mile lights with a time of 12.371 at 110.84 miles per hour, thus making it the world's quickest 1/4-mile production electric vehicle.
Yes, that's a Dodge Viper way back there.
Even more impressive was the Model S' recorded 0 to 60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. That's well below Tesla's quoted figure of 4.4 seconds.
The folks over at DragTimes were responsible for the record-setting run and describe the day's events as follows:
"We started out with a full charge on the Tesla which indicated a range of 314 miles, after a 78-mile trip to Palm Beach International Raceway at 70 mph, the Tesla showed a range of 205 miles left. We made a few passes in the car shortly after arriving and the car was amazingly consistent, running two back-to-back 12.678 passes @ 108 MPH. We then drove the car over to the RV parking area at the track and plugged into their 240v 40 amp charging station."
"After 3 hours, the car was fully charged and we made another pass running 12.371 @ 110.84 mph, which was backed up by a few 12.4x passes."
Throughout the course of the day, the Model S was pitted against several vehicles, including a 2005 Dodge Viper SRT10. Video of that particular race is posted below.
Next time out, DragTimes hopes to switch the Model S' 21-inch wheels for a set of lighter 19-inchers, a swap that will likely improve the Model S' 0 to 60 mph and 1/4-mile time.
Lastly, the Model S was weighed prior to running and was found to tip the scales at 4,690 pounds.
Here's the official timeslip from Model S' record-setting run.