Tesla Model S 1/4 Mile Broken Again, This Time By Going Frunk-less (video)

MAR 24 2017 BY JAY COLE 11

For the third time in 5 days, the standing 1/4 mile record for the Tesla Model S P100D has been broken (watch previous records here, and here).

Current Tesla Model S P100D Record Set by Tesla Racing Channel

The “old” record was a time of 10.638, the new record blew that out of the water at 10.444 @ 124.21 mph – however this one maybe needs an (*) asterisk beside it for some modification work.

This run by the Tesla Racing Channel was done without a frunk.

And we say “maybe needs” an asterisk because, as pointed out by Tesla Racing, Elon Musk himself said the option was a factory authorized service, and Musk even Tweeted out some PR on the modification last month.

“With Elon tweeting out that you can take your car to a Tesla Service Center to remove the frunk for added performance, weight reduction, we figured we do it ourselves and test our Basemodel P100D at the 1/4 Mile Dragstrip, Darlington Dragway. Setting a NEW WORLD RECORD for a mass production Electric vehicle and the fastest Tesla out there with a 10.4x. Should we continue to strip this car of weight?”

As for that Tweet from the Tesla boss?  Here it is:

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11 Comments on "Tesla Model S 1/4 Mile Broken Again, This Time By Going Frunk-less (video)"

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Just strip it right down ! pull everything out! Seats , Mats & so on & it’ll to 10 Flat 0r less .Go driverless & make it even Faster. “So What” These Games are for # 1 “Publicity” & Idle Minds & that’s all good!…Better still turn it into a RAIL & make it fly! However., All the average person needs is a Car That Is “FUEL EFFICIENT” and reasonably fast enough for normal daily routine driving..What’s So hard about that ?

Car enthusiasts care.

If it hasn’t been made obvious just yet, the point is to make gearheads stop saying “Electric car? That’s lame.”

EVs need a halo car. This is it, so far.

It is more fuel efficient if you strip out the interior and make it lighter…..


Tesla racing channel is slowly converting southern conservatives to EV technology lol

I like it when he takes the guys he beats on the drag strip for rides in his Tesla. They are all just astonished. And they come from the ICE drag world, so they are used to speed. It isn’t like they are a bunch of regular folks off the street being shocked by fast cars.

By the end, you can see the uncomfortable regret on their face, that everything in their ICE-based noise and smoke fast car world has just been flipped upside-down.

Racing electric cars will be a whole new set of considerations. As an experienced Electrical and Computer Engineer with some aerospace background I can think of some important considerations such as :

* air density .. find the highest elevation quarter mile track for the best times

* higher air temp … use to be this was bad for ICE but with electric your looking for least air resistance and softest tires

* taping cracks I think might prove to help

* having the highest charge possible on every run

* adjust the rear shocks to keep the nose down during takeoff (this one may take more of a custom modification to the car but with my model S that does not have air ride a simply spacer in the springs may do this. I have not tried it though.

When I have raced my 2014 Tesla Model S 85 I have found this also helps:
* turn off the lights and sounds system (may seem silly but every bit will help)
* turn off the climate control
* turn off power steering (may be obvious but don’t forget to do so)


P.S. I got better times with traction control off. In my case of my rear wheel drive Model S it was not quick enough to break the wheels anyway, may not be the case with the P100D so an experienced driver might be a needed with disabled traction control runs.

Take some air out of the tires. Run 25% under. RTP

While taking out some air, leave the valve caps off to save even more weight.

Having over 500 drag strip runs under my belt, I can definitely see where the EV has an advantage in conditions that hurt an ICE. Gas engines hate high elevation, high temps. However, an EV would actually benefit from thinner air, less aero drag.

But yes, weight was crucial in racing my 2008 BMW 335i which ran 132mph in the quarter mile. For cars in that performance range the parameters roughly interact as follows:

10hp=100lbs weight reduction, 1mph trap speed, .10 Sec in the quarter mile.

So find a way to pull 500lbs out of this car and it would be trapping close to 130 mph also. And possible high 9 second qtr miles. Lightweight wheels and tires are a big benefit also. Rotating weight reduction benefits performance more than stationary weight.