Tesla Model S P85D Challenges Muscle Cars In 1/8-Mile Drag Races – Video


Here’s another Tesla Model S P85D drag racing video from Drag Times.  Do these ever get old?  Of course, the best part is the country music at the start of the video…

To be clear, as the comments of the video explain, this is called a “Dial in Race”.   “The goal is to run as close to the dial-in as you can without breaking out (going faster than the dial in). 7.49 was the dial in.”

With no shifting of gears, and an amazingly smooth power delivery, the Tesla has a distinct advantage.  Think we’ll be seeing a software patch for setting a “dial-in” in the next update?

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16 Comments on "Tesla Model S P85D Challenges Muscle Cars In 1/8-Mile Drag Races – Video"

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Some bracket racing events are now excluding EVs because just about anyone can demolish even the most experienced driver. I had a friend take a Model S 85 and run four runs within .03 seconds of each other in an 1/8 mile bracket race.

So… electric cars are so quick and easy that they are unfair? Great! 🙂

P85D got hops

You’d think that the word would get around pretty quick about this, in the drag racing circuit. By now, just how foolish do you be to have to agree to race your gas guzzler against a P-for-Performance Model S?

“the History Car, the Telsler”

I love it.

Unmodified Tesla against heavily modified gassers, and it still does great.

Someday we’ll see a heavily modified Tesla on the strip. That will be interesting.

Heavily Modified Tesla: Remove the 2C Cells and install some 30C Cells from A123 Systems (either the 18650’s which I think they are dropping, or the 26650’s which they still make!); Crank up the Power electronics to handle the higher burst power (50C), and upgrade the cooling for the electronics and the Motors with Liquid Nitrogen Boosted Chillin’!!

Probably have to upgrade the Gears, Shafts, and tires after all that! And – add a Helmet Brace! 🙂

@Robert Weekely,
A ~2kWh a/b Ultra Cap boost bank that kicks in (fully discharges) at 0.25sec after applied sustained full throttle would be great for 0-60mph & 1/4mile drags. Should shave off ~0.50sec without need to go deeper into the regular batt pack. Sort of like the electric version of a Nitro Bottle. For bracket 1/8mile drags, a software special purpose speed governor would allow a cheat win every time.

just put four 550 hp performance motors. one for each wheels. And proper dragrace tyres. I think that this is enough for modifications. Battery cooling may need to be improved, but I guess that it can withstand few short bursts of energy.

OMG that was to cool, I remember my street racing 87 Mustang running 7.20 in the 1/8 thats fracking fast. Gratz Tesla guy:)

Sure, but the gassers sound a lot better.

Most of these gassers have flatulence issues and a tendency to burn rubber for nothing compared to the silent white assassin in the right lane.

7.49 in the 1/8 mile is only 11.75 in the 1/4 mile. It is obvious most if not all of these cars are much faster than that. They are “cutting gas” at the end to run close to their dial in number. You can hear the engine spin down and also see the fromt end dip. There is no doubt that a Model S is fast but there are plenty of street driven cars that go 11.75s in the quarter bone stock. Dedicated race cars go much faster. My used (way less than $20k) 2000 Corvette has been 11.50s at 122 mph with only stickier tires and a 75 shot. Yes a Tesla is fast, but its not race car fast. Its as fast as a stock Mustang or Camaro but i wouldnt go picking on anything with slicks and a big block. Hell you can put a 350 in an S10 pickup and go 11s for less than $5k if all you cared about was going fast.

The headline clearly states 1/8 mile drag races. Sure, beyond a certain distance the track racecar will win out against the Model S — which isn’t built to be an actual racecar.

But then, you could say the same about drag racers in general. They only excel in the sprint. Put them in a longer race, up against a Formula 1 car or a NASCAR, and they’ll fail miserably.

Electric cars are interesting because it is possible to have a car that weights about 1000 kg but can output two or three megawatts of power.

Race I am more interested are both $/Kwh and energy density at pack level in production EV’s lithium batteries. When an EV will have done quarter mile in 1.1sec I will still be not impressed if this specific EV is either expensive or has no range.