Tesla Model S P100D Quicker To 60 MPH Than Falcon 9 Rocket, Says Musk

APR 16 2017 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 23

Newsflash…the Tesla Model S P100D is quick, quicker than a Falcon 9 rocket Musk quipped after a successful proving of the space program, in fact.

Musk Confirms Model S P100D Is Quicker Than Falcon 9 Rocket

With a zero to 60 MPH time recorded as low as 2.28 seconds, we know the Model S P100D is quick, but it’s actually quicker than a speeding rocket…for a bit.

If you’ve ever watched a rocket launch, you know that acceleration off the platform isn’t a rockets strong point, but once it gets going, it flies – literally.

So for all the Model S P100D owners out there, you can now say with confidence that your car is quicker than a rocket!

Video below:  As a point of reference, here is the Falcon 9 completing the first ever  “launch and land” re-used/second mission flight on March 30th, while sending a broadcasting satellite into orbit.

Video (below):  And because the feed was a little choppy (to say the least) on the re-entry landing, here is some quick additional droneship footage of the event

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“SpaceX launched its first recycled rocket Thursday, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.

The Falcon 9 blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, hoisting a broadcasting satellite into the early evening clear sky on the historic rocket reflight. It was the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk tried to fly a booster that soared before on an orbital mission. This particular first stage landed on an ocean platform almost exactly a year ago after a space station launch for NASA. SpaceX refurbished and tested the 15-foot booster, still sporting its nine original engines.

It aimed for another vertical landing at sea once it was finished boosting the satellite for the SES company of Luxembourg. Longtime customer SES got a discount for agreeing to use a salvaged rocket, but wouldn’t say how much. It’s not just about the savings, said chief technology officer Martin Halliwell. Halliwell called it “a big step for everybody — something that’s never, ever been done before.” SpaceX granted SES insight into the entire process of getting the booster ready to fly again, Halliwell said, providing confidence everything would go well. SES, in fact, is considering more launches later this year on reused Falcon boosters.”

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23 Comments on "Tesla Model S P100D Quicker To 60 MPH Than Falcon 9 Rocket, Says Musk"

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Sean
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Sean

Musk said this on April 1st, I believe a grain of salt may be required

Jay Cole
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It’s just a fun quip…but it gives us an excuse to show the Falcon 9’s recent successful “re-use” mission, which is pretty cool.

Big Soul Hair
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Big Soul Hair

ok, we all know its crazy quick now

WARREN
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yup…but the I’m sure the rocket will do 200-300mph much quicker than a Tesla can even do 50-150mph. Impressive considering most cars can barely accelerate at all at 200mph!

protomech
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From the telemetry overlay in the launch video, it takes 10 seconds for the Falcon 9 to reach 100 km/h, and another 8 seconds to reach 200 km/h, and another 7 seconds to reach 300 km/h, and another 6 seconds to reach 400 km/h.

For comparison, the Koenigsegg Regara takes a claimed 20 seconds to reach 400 km/h.

As Musk said, the Falcon 9 continues to accelerate from there, with acceleration speeding up as the rocket sheds fuel weight and the atmosphere thins.

SparkEV
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Link to data? If true, SparkEV, would also be quicker than the rocket along with Bolt and i3, but not so for the rest like Leaf, eGolf, iMiev.

MikeM
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MikeM

But, but, the rocket goes straight up.
Try that in your P100DL.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

Yeah, it’s not exactly… ummm… comparable.

But then, the article makes it pretty clear that Musk was just joking around. And if it really was an April 1 quote, as Sean said, then that seems highly appropriate. 🙂

Roy_H
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Roy_H

15 foot first stage? Must be a typo. Stage is 12 ft diameter and 131 ft tall.

Mister G
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Mister G

GO TESLA GO
GO SPACEX GO
GO ELON GO

Four Electrics
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Four Electrics

The Falcon 9 also produces much more carbon emissions from its 30K gallons of kerosene. I won’t be buying one of those.

Nick
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Nick

Wait, quicker or faster​?

😀 😀

Mr. M
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Mr. M

Quick fast, but slower fast than the P100D.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

Yes. 🙂

Alex
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Alex

If I look the video the rockets is slower from 0- 60 than a LEAF…

ClarksonCote
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ClarksonCote

+1

notting
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notting

I want to see the experiment where they measured that values of a Model S driving straight to the sky, because anything else won’t be comparable 😉

notting

Mr. M
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Mr. M

I bet the rocket going in the same direction as the model S is faster 0-100

SparkEV
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0-62 MPH (100 kph) in about 10 seconds is about 0.3 g. When going up, that adds 1g for a total of 1.3g if going horizontal. Rocket would be quicker to 100 kph than cars that can pull 1.3g, which is all production cars at the moment.

I like numbers. 🙂

Don Zenga
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Don Zenga

Jay Cole and team and all Tesla supporters.

http://www.fueleconomy.gov publishes the document; FEG2017.pdf and in Page-48, Interior Volume (cu.ft.) for Tesla Model-S is listed as 94/26 for Passenger / Cargo respectively. Actually Tesla Model-S also has a trunk in the front which is called as Frunk and it has 5.3 cu. ft. of volume and I recently read this in the latest issue of Motor Trend magazine.

If we include this Frunk volume in Cargo, then the total volume increases to 31.3 cu. ft. And with this, the total volume increases to 125.3 cu. ft. which puts it in the same league as Benz S-Series, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8. Please publish this in one of your articles so that everyone recognizes the fact and start buying it.

Will-G
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Will-G

Yes true and both hell’va achievement Elon=MusC^2

Mister G
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Mister G

Nice

ModernMarvelFan
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ModernMarvelFan

Yes, this is one case where facts don’t show the truth…

Yes, it is quicker, but they aren’t comparable as they are two different vector…