Share This Tesla Model S Video With EV Newbies Who Question Performance

FEB 27 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 19

Model S Is No Glorified Golf Cart.  Rather, It's a Lamborghini Crushing 7-Seat Family Sedan

Model S Is No Glorified Golf Cart. Rather, It’s a Lamborghini Crushing 7-Seat Family Sedan

Ignore the video title.  This video contains more than just acceleration runs.

This is the Tesla Model S video we’d share with EV newbies who question the performance of electric cars.

Watching this video just once will convince the newbies that electric cars are not glorified golf carts.

Video description:

“This video contains the best Tesla acceleration scenes from all YouTube videos for Tesla P85+ and P85D up until January 2015. It includes Drag Races from the DragTimes channel and from User “Rego Apps”. Also, a few snippets from passenger reactions and a short part of the Tesla D Event.”

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19 Comments on "Share This Tesla Model S Video With EV Newbies Who Question Performance"

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Awww, poor dog. 🙁

Was that Howie Mandel at 3:50?

Nice, it must be Fast Friday here at InsideEVs

I wonder if David Stockman, who wrote a recent article lambasting Tesla, actually every rode in or drove one. Btw if you don’t know who he is then lucky you.

“Ignore the video title. This video contains more than just acceleration runs.”

Nope, that video was just acceleration runs and one burnout in a parking lot.

What video do we show EV newbies who question the performance of the Model S on a real race track (not a drag strip or a public road)? Until a Tesla Model S can make it around the Nürburgring without overheating and going into reduced-power mode, there will be doubts about its performance and some will consider it a glorified golf cart that’s more at home on a golf course than a race course.

True auto enthusiasts compare performance cars by their lap times on race tracks/courses. Street races are for posers to post on YouTube. Tesla can’t crack the top 100 lap times at the Nürburgring, but the PHEV Porsche 918 Spyder has the 3rd fastest lap time at the Nürburgring.

https://nurburgringlaptimes.com/lap-times-top-100/

http://fastestlaps.com/raceways.html

You make no sense Sven, you want EVs to immediatly be superior to anything else on the road,in every sport and every situation, if not, then they are no good for nothing. Really?
Is everything all black OR white for you?
For everyday and just about everybody, EVs are a superior product. The fact that a Tesla cannot compete on the track, for now, is meaningless for the vast majority of us, get over it!

Don’t get your panties in a bunch, and don’t put words in my mouth. I said no such thing! The video purports to show how the Telsa outperforms “anything else on the road,” but only showed short acceleration clips. There is more to a car’s performance than how fast it accelerates in a short street race. Where are all the YouTube clips of the Model S doing laps on a race track/course and showing their lap times? All we see posted on InsideEVs is pointless and dangerous street racing video and some drag racing videos. I’m sure Model S owners have the means to pay for a couple of laps at their local race track/course and take some videos, but they don’t because the Model S would get spanked by high-performance ICE cars that take laps at that track. “The fact that a Tesla cannot compete on the track, for now, is meaningless for the vast majority of us, get over it!” Yet the street racing videos are not meaningless? All the Tesla fan boys revel in and gloat over all the Tesla street racing videos. But if a Tesla dare set foot on a race track its meaningless because… Read more »

Driverguy01 said: “you want EVs to immediatly [sic] be superior to anything else on the road,in every sport and every situation, if not, then they are no good for nothing.”

Reading comprehension is not your strong suit. I never said that. I said the following: “Until a Tesla Model S can make it around the Nürburgring without overheating and going into reduced-power mode, there will be doubts about its performance. . . .” and “Tesla can’t crack the top 100 lap times at the Nürburgring.”

Please stop misconstruing my comments.

Why do you Tesla fan boys have to be such drama queens?

Dude, this is an exact quote from your previous post:

“Until a Tesla Model S can make it around the Nürburgring without overheating and going into reduced-power mode… some will consider it a glorified golf cart…”

You need to man up and admit -you- are the drama queen here.

Yeah, I said “some,” not all, not most, not many, but some. The “some who will consider it a glorified golf cart” that I was referring to are ICE gearheads into high-performance cars and who take their cars to the track for “track days.” Their measure of a car’s performance are lap times, plain and simple. What do you think they will say about Tesla’s P85D (P = performance) when it can’t complete a single lap under full power and clocks a slow lap time? Heck, the Model S can’t keep up with faster traffic on the German Autobahn. It goes into reduced-power mode on the sections of the Autobahn without speed limits, unlike every single German luxury sedan that it competes with.

As a side note, I believe one of the main reasons that the Model X is delayed is because it can’t maintain full-power mode while towing a trailer at 65 or 70 MPH on a long incline or mountain pass. For whatever reason, the Tesla drive train in both the Model S or X, can’t be pushed real hard for too long without going into reduced-power mode.

And “glorified golf cart” was the term used by Mr. Loveday in the news story above. I just repeated the term to address the assertion made by Mr. Loveday with regards to the effect of the video.

From the news story above Mr. Loveday said: “Watching this video just once will convince the newbies that electric cars are not glorified golf carts.”

Gosh, a large luxury sedan can’t match the performance of a true race car on a racetrack.

On the other hand, a true race car can’t be legally driven on public roads, nor is it much good for carrying passengers or luggage.

The performance of a well-designed BEV isn’t just for leaving everybody else in the dust when accelerating away from a stoplight. Anybody who has ever been stuck behind a slow-moving car or truck on a hilly two-lane highway will appreciate the ability of the Model S, and other well-designed EVs, to pass other vehicles quickly.

The jackrabbit acceleration is also quite useful for merging onto a superhighway in rush hour traffic.

Comments like yours, sven, underscore the need to give more drivers a test drive of a Model S, or any plug-in EV with decent performance. Some things really do need to be experienced. Clearly that’s an experience you haven’t had.

Lensman said: “Gosh, a large luxury sedan can’t match the performance of a true race car on a racetrack. On the other hand, a true race car can’t be legally driven on public roads, nor is it much good for carrying passengers or luggage.” Huh? The link I gave for the top 100 Nürburgring lap times includes numerous Chevy Camaros, Ford Mustangs, Cadillac CTS-Vs, Subaru WRXs, BMW M5s, Audi RS4s, BMW M3s, Nissan GTRs, Mercedes C 63s, Porsche Panameras, Chevy Corvettes, Dodge Vipers, Porsche 911’s, and even a Renault! All the above cars are not race cars, can be driven on public roads, and can carry passengers and luggage. The Porsche 918 Spyder is an example of how adding an EV powertrain can improve performance on the track so that it has one of the very fastest lap times ever, and that an EV can be designed to do a full lap on the without going into reduced-power mode. FYI, I love EVs and drive one myself. I usually don’t click on the Tesla street-race-video news stories on InsideEVs, but I was snookered by the blurb on the front page that read “Ignore the video title. This video contains more… Read more »

Oh, and I believe it’s only a matter of time before some teenager borrows his dad’s Model S and while showing off and having a little fun, ends up killing someone while street racing. You can count on it.

It’s a great car. No one is questioning that. And it beats most cars in most areas.

But to say that it’s not lacking performance is not true. It is definitely lacking performance, not that everyone wants or needs that.
But the fact still stands that it would be beaten by almost any ICE with decent performance on a track. And by decent performance I mean any model of BMW, a Golf GTI, Nissan GTR, any polestar Volvo, almost all Audi models and most Mercedes models etc.

Tesla is great, but it’s not hard to see that it’s lacking performance and can’t keep up with most ICE’s in some areas.

I saw just acceleration clips and nothing to show any kind of performance on anything longer than 10 second runs anything remotely close to cornering, runing on a track, sustained top speed or even how long it could keep up with any BMW on a highway or autobahn.

It’s good at straight acceleration from low speeds but that’s about it so far. Still a lot to do in the performance area.

Tesla cars cannot be considered as good enough until they are smoking Bugatti Veyron. At least Tesla must crush Bugatti on 0 to 60 km/h.

I wonder if Tesla Model 3 could knock out Bugatti? Bugatti goes zero to 100 km/h in about 2.5 seconds.

A V6 AWD Nissan GTR would be a better match up for the Telsa P85D since it has a similar retail price, a 0 to 60 MPH time of 2.7 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 11.0 sec @ 125.1 mph.

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1304_2014_nissan_gt_r_track_edition_first_test/

electric-car-insider.com

Share these videos with anyone who thinks it’s cool to race on the street:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvLaTupw-hk

Short film by Werner Herzog (starts slow, worth staying with until the end):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqFkRwdFZ0

Because what could possibly go wrong in just a little 10 second speed contest?

http://gmauthority.com/blog/2012/11/accident-watch-last-years-thanksgiving-corvette-street-race-crash-leads-to-felony-charges/

Felony conviction. In California they crush your car.