Watch Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous Race McLaren 720S


Brooks from DragTimes discovers a race from the archives that he’s compelled to share.

This is an interesting matchup; so much so that the guys over at DragTimes nearly forgot to put it online. Brooks tells us up front that there are a few issues to keep in mind. He says neither car had its best results. They decided at the end of the night to pit the cars against one another for a few runs. This meant that the Tesla Model S P100D was at a 65 percent charge, while the lack of track prep was causing the McLaren to spin.

Let’s have a look at the numbers:

Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous

  • Dual-motor
  • All-wheel drive
  • 920 pound-feet of torque to the wheels
  • 588 horsepower to the wheels
  • 4,900 pounds
  • MSRP: $150,000

McLaren 720S

  • 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 7-speed DCT transmission
  • 3,180 pounds
  • MSRP: $331,000

In the first run, the Model S driver seems to forget he’s racing, while Brooks “red lights” in the McLaren. Considering this, the results don’t come as a surprise, however, you still may be a bit shocked. The second race gets off to a much more even start and it’s obvious the huge difference when the 720S isn’t using launch control. Still, the Model S has met its match, and while a full charge would’ve been nice, it doesn’t seem like it would be nearly enough.

Video Description via DragTimes on YouTube:

We race the McLaren 720S vs a Tesla Model S P100D down the 1/4 mile at Palm Beach International Raceway.

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8 Comments on "Watch Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous Race McLaren 720S"

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous


All these races show is if you throw a sh1tl0ad of your money into a car, you can up to speed faster?

What a waste.

The 720S is twice the cost. Let’s revisit this when there is the $250k Tesla Roadster available for the matchup.

Pretty much

Yup, because at 140mph + trap speeds, the McClaren keeps pace with 1000HP cars and is stellar around a road course also. And it has run the quarter mile in the 9s with only RWD! Don’t be so certain the Roadster 2.0 can keep up with the 720s around the Nurburgring. It probably wont. Weight and endurance are not in the Tesla’s favor.

All this really achieves is to prove how one dimensional Tesla performance really is. By the time the Roadster comes out (if it even comes out) there will likely be an 800LT which will probably hang with the Roadster in low to mid speed acceleration terms, but in every other situation imaginable the Roadster won’t even know which way it went.

I’d really like to see what could be achieved if Tesla and Musk put their minds to a genuine legitimate performance cars with a capability beyond mere 0-60 times. If they worked on some weight reduction an thermal efficiency stuff I bet they could put a serious supercar together. A factory motorsport team would do wonders for stuff like this, and potentially provide good marketing for more traditional car enthusiasts.

Why is this important again? To the 99% or so of people who don’t plan to track their car (including people who enjoy a “sporty car” to drive around as I do (i.e. on country roads on weekends), this is COMPLETELY irrelevant.

What will matter is decent performance for things like passing and merging, which EV’s will excel in with long range batteries, reliability, durability, convenience, and of course TCO.

The rest is a sideshow.

I don’t think drag races are super “important” (unless you race vehicles), however they can be interesting/entertaining to many of us. Nothing wrong w/some levity. Just enjoy the sideshow.