The Tesla Model S accelerates quicker than any other production vehicle, which makes it a prime choice for chasing spy planes.
The Lockheed U-2S "Spy Plane" is one of the toughest planes to operate. It's especially hard to take off and land in the 1950's classic, due to its minimal visibility. A trained team must be present to aid the vehicle's ascent, and a chase car is the preferred method of assistance.
Tesla Model S chase car at Royal Air Force
A chase car must be fast and the quicker it can get up to speed is critical in appropriately assisting the U-2S. The Tesla Model S can sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, and its acceleration is instant and seamless because of its pure electric drivetrain. There are many cars that can top out at higher speeds, and have more power top-end power, but the Model S' top speed of 155 mph, and its initial burst of power are ideal for the job.
According to Electrek, Jalopnik featured a story about the U.S. Air Force's use of a Camaro Z28 for this same purpose in the past. However, the Camaro is known for its lack of visibility, which is the same problem that the plane has, and the Model S provides an unparalleled view of the road ahead. The Tesla in the video looks like it has the all glass roof option, which would prove even more helpful when assisting the spy plane. Jalopnik wrote (via Electrek):
“The process is pretty simple: The Air Force buys fast and relatively inexpensive Detroit muscle and puts a highly trained pilot in the driver’s seat. Those pilots then act as ground-based wingmen for the U-2s in the air, talking them through runway operations.”
Elliot Langran encountered and filmed the above video showing the successful launch of a U2-S at Royal Air Force Fairford Air Base.
Video Description via ElliotL- CBGSpotterHD on YouTube:
The Lockheed U-2S "Spy Plane"! Dating to the early 1950's and still in active service with the USAF in 2017. We see two example's departing RAF Fairford in true dramatic style.. These things climb like rockets. I zoomed right in on the pre-flight checks by the chase cars (Tesla Model S), please watch carefully as the wingtip wheels trop of on rotate!