Tesla Model 3 Blows Away Competition In Multiple Drag Races


A rather mysterious blue Tesla Model 3 made an appearance at a drag strip meet at the SDCCU Stadium in San Diego

Earlier this month, the spectators at the drag strip meet at the SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California, got to witness a mysterious deep blue Tesla Model 3 showing and tearing up the grid. It’s safe to say the Model 3 made a big splash at the event. The vehicle ran several 1/8 mile drag races, giving its petrol-powered counterparts a run for their money.

The video showing this Model 3’s drag strip runs was shared on YouTube’s auto-themed 7zerex channel. The channel notes how the Model 3’s specifics weren’t revealed to the spectators during the RaceLegal.com-organized drag racing meet. But the way it dealt with every car it met on the drag strip, suggests that this was the Performance version of the Model 3. However, even though the Model 3 came with red brake calipers and 20-inch Performance Sport Wheels, the vehicle lacked the red-underlined Dual Motor badge and the carbon fiber spoiler. Both part of the Tesla Performance upgrade for the electric sedan.

Tesla claims that the Model 3 Performance can sprint from 0-60mph (0-100km/h) in just 3.5 seconds. It’s capable of beating the likes of a BMW M3 or a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and the Audi RS4 with ease. And mind you, these are some serious performance oriented machines. Earlier, we saw how a Model 3 Performance can run the 1/4 mile in a whopping 11.771 seconds, posting an exit speed of 113.55 miles per hour (182km/h).

And now, it seems that the shorter 1/8 mile races favor the torque-laden Model 3 against the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) competition even more.

As you will see from the video above, this Model 3 competed against some tough competition on the track, smoking every one of them. In one of its runs on the drag strip, the EV encountered a heavily modified car that looked right at home on the racetrack. The Tesla dealt with it pretty easily. The car crossed the 1/8-mile mark at 94 mph, leaving its competitor way behind. Further following runs with other challengers resulted in the same, with the Model 3 easily taking the race win every time.

Grab a look at all the races in the video.

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Nothing “mysterious” about not having all the badges, as most/many of the Model 3 Performance models are being shipped without those details as has been frequently noted everywhere on the “net.” Those details are often to be “later installed” by the local service center, and further some owners are choosing to NOT have those features installed at all for their own esthetic preferences.

I am taking delivery of MY Performance Model 3 on Saturday here in Rocklin, Ca. and also look forward to making some local drag strip (Sacramento Raceway) runs before the weather turns sour. Coming from a Model S P85DL it will be MOST interesting to see how close the Performance Model 3 can come to the P85DL on the full 1/4 mile strip.

Our regional EV group is hosting an EVent in the opposite direction on 22 September…An “ECO drive” of about 24 miles on totally flat terrain in the Sacramento area with the “winner” being the car with the LOWEST average power use for those 24 miles. That should be another facet of how EVs function in the economical aspect.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“and further some owners are choosing to NOT have those features installed at all for their own esthetic preferences.”

…….aaaand that would be my preference as well.

The spoiler is surely not a purely aesthetic choice, though…

Thank you

Is it just me or does that strip look like it’s going downhill?

Optical illusion because the camera is held crooked, and then because the brake zone is uphill.

Break out the kazoos. A $50k Tesla beat a $5K 2006 Honda Civic in a 660′ race. YAWN!

LOL on the Honda comment, but the link you put in was to a completely different model of Tesla. The Model 3 Performance doesn’t have the same problems. And even the current Model S has a different battery and cooling system than the one in that link.

Oh, and you didn’t add in the $10000 in extra value for the Civic because of adding a fart pipe…. /sarc

Of course shorter races favor weaker electrics. I whupped a 300hp Maxima SR up to 50 mph the other night in a 2012 Leaf. Three times, it wasn’t even close.

M3 Owned- Niro EV TBD - Former 500e and Spark EV,

LOL. Was driving down Balboa this evening and a BMW M3 was going all crazy on the turn peeling out while I was just casually coming off the line. Guess he may have been one of those beat up a few nights ago down there.

I suppose I could have raced, but had better things to do than beat a M3 light-to-light—-again.

1 dimensional performance for 1 dimensional people.