Tesla Model 3 Smokes V8 Gasser – Drag Race Video

Tesla Model 3 race


We’ve become accustomed to seeing the Tesla Model S beat practically every car it lines up against in a drag race, but what about its baby brother, the Tesla Model 3?

The Model 3 is not quite the power-packed electric machine that say a Model S P100D is, but it’s no slouch either.

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Tesla Model 3 race

Model 3 Versus V8

The current version of the Model 3 that’s available today is the long-range (310-mile) model with a modest, estimated 306 HP and ~415 pound-feet of torque. That’s not even in the same ballpark as the top-of-the-line Model S P100D (estimated torque of 792 pound-feet), but apparently it’s enough to scoot the car from 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds, according to Tesla, or as little as 4.66 seconds in testing conducted by DragTimes.

*Editor’s note: We strongly discourage the act of street racing. It’s illegal and highly dangerous. Please drive responsibly.

So, it’s solid on paper and in controlled tests, but how does the Model 3 perform in the real world? Watch the video to see the V8 beat down.

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Tesla Model 3 Smokes V8’s at the Street Races!

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I thought the same thing. We discourage it but look how fun it is after the click…

“Power is nothing without control”
As much wheelspin as that G8 had, he would’ve likely got beat by a Bolt!

Lets not get carried away.

He is not wrong though, skills are required for the legacy gas car to compete while on the electric car you mostly just stomp on the accelerator.

Whether it’s true or not, CYA.

Looked like 2 separate races. With the same result..

I’d like to see a race between a Tesla, when it has full auto-pilot level 5, vs a gasser, from coast to coast, say NYC to LA.

The Tesla would have to stop to recharge the battery, and the gas car would have to stop to refuel. The gas car would save a lot of hours in this area. However, while the gas driving is sleeping in a hotel, the Tesla could keep going in AP mode with the driver sleeping in the car. There would have to be some rules set up to say how much sleep was required.

Haven’t done the math, but I think it would be a fun one.

That would be a good race.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous


Another drag race, yawn…

Seriously. Let’s see a Tesla on the track. That beast will go into reduced power mode due to overheating within 10 minutes. I admire the advancements Tesla has made, but let’s not pretend this is a sports car.

I always love that argument. The Tesla ISN’T a track car. (IS NOT) NOT a track car. These videos AREN’T AT A TRACK. Every day driving ISN’T at track.

Everyday driving is on city streets, between stop lights, entering onto highways, etc. Brief periods of acceleration, cruising, etc. In that EVERYDAY (not at the track) driving, the Tesla wins. No one is disputing the track.

Clear? Oh, and see you when the Roadster 2.0 debuts..

John, this is clearly a racing scenario with cars known for performance history. And the author is putting an emphasis on performance. I wouldn’t have commented like this if the video illustrated a luxurious interior. Let me guess you drive a Prius and I hurt your feelings.

Lol, am I CLEAR in my response? (I am)

From Motor Trend review of Model 3:
“This is a very digital car to drive: Brake, dial in one single steering angle, wait for the corner to end, and tidily accelerate. Most sedans are a conga line of steering corrections and throttle stabs. After thinking about it, perhaps just the Porsche Cayman and Boxster and the Honda Civic Type R that were on hand today drive this precisely.”

The Model 3 would most certainly out-handle on a track most of these tuned cars that can only drive quickly in a straight line. Does it need to do this for 10 minutes? No of course not. In what real world scenario do you race another car on winding roads for up to 10 minutes.

But what it will be able to do is out-perform, for short runs on winding roads and through corners, most performance sedans in its price range as well most of these modded and tuned 1/8 mile and 1/4 mile cars. It is able to do this where it is practical and in the real world.

Not a very well matched race. The “gasser” has the same 1/4 mile time as a 2017 Ford Fusion Sport

The G8 was modded. That is not a normal exhaust note and normal wheels you find on a stock G8. Who knows what other mods it had.

…other video of a race with a Ecoboost 4 cyl Mustang isn’t a good matchup either. That Mustang does the 1/4 mile as fast as a 2002 Subaru WRX. These racing videis are similar to a minivan racing a Prius.

Good. I’d recommend sticking with your gasser. Your points are very compelling.

Lets try 20 laps at Nurburgring with any electric car.

Amen to that. I’ll bet that the Tesla Roadster 2.0 doesn’t last 2 laps at the Nurburgring without going into reduced power mode.