A new record-breaking 'Cannonball' run in a Tesla Model S raises awareness and funds for a worthy cause.
The previous coast-to-coast record-setting electric car Cannonball run by Alex Roy came in at 55 hours. It was comprised of less than 12 hours of charging time, and was almost completely reliant on Tesla’s Autopilot mode.
The new record is significant for a variety of reasons. Jordan Hart and Bradly D’Souza shaved over three hours off Roy’s time, completing the journey in an impressive 51 Hours and 47 Minutes. They did it in a 2015 Model S P85D, and the stunt was an attempt to raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking.
Additionally, this is the first time an electric car beat the original 1933 Cannonball 53.5-hour coast-to-coast run. It was set by an ICE car and held the record for almost 40 years.
The new record holding Model S is not as aerodynamic as the model that had previously set the record, as the earlier record was set in a post-refresh 2016 Tesla Model S 90D.
All specifics were officially verified via arrival and departure signatures, video footage, Instagram photos at every stop, time stamping, and GPS tracking.
Hart and D’Souza have a website which further details the journey and shares about the epidemic of human trafficking. You can check it out and donate at freedom5000.org.
Video Description via Driving the Future on YouTube:
Jordan and Bradly D'Souza set out in a Tesla Model S 85D on July 1st from LA to NY and set a new record by arriving in 51 Hours and 47 Minutes, besting the previous record held by Alex Roy and friends of 55 hours by a whopping 3 hours and 13 minutes.
They did it to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking and also to raise support for the victims of this dark trade. Please go to freedom5000.org to donate and learn more!