Tesla Model S P85D Runs 11.6 Second @ 116 MPH – 1/4-Mile Drag Video

MAR 9 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 8

Tesla Model S P85D At The Strip

Tesla Model S P85D At The Strip

DragTimes has set/matched its own Tesla Model S P85D 1/4-mile record (quickest/fastest production electric car) with this latest run:

“New record done on ADV.1 wheels and stock OEM Tires.”

The time of 11.6 seconds matches the previous P85D run in which the Tesla obliterated that 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

However, in this run, the Tesla’s top speed is 116 MPH, versus 114.6 MPH in that Hellcat crushing run.

As for that Hellcat owner, he’s asking for a rematch now, but he’s tweaked the car from stock by fitting it with drag radials for an unfair advantage and it’s been recalled for fuel leaks.  Apparently, the leaks aren’t related to how much gas the Hellcat guzzles as the throttle is depressed, but rather to some faulty seals that allow the fuel to leak out.  Sounds dangerous to us.

 

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8 Comments on "Tesla Model S P85D Runs 11.6 Second @ 116 MPH – 1/4-Mile Drag Video"

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i dont know how unfair better tires are on a 2wd vehicle. Sounds fair to me given the driver of that Hellcat had no idea how to drag race. This whole thing is rediculous with that race anyway. You guys act like the P85D crushed the Hellcat with Big Daddy driving it. WTH? Is the P85D a better car, hell yeah, is it that much quicker? I doubt it.

Put drag radials on the Tesla too.

I’m interested in seeing what a P85D with a top speed of 155 mph available will do. By the time you get within 25 mph of the 135 limit of the current batch of the P85D, the acceleration will have started to wind down. With the top speed increased, the car should acceledrate strongly all the way past the 116 recorded by this example.

Sheesh that thing launches HARD.

Very fast especially when you consider it’s only currently putting out 533 hp since it’s only showing 400 kW on the driver display. It’ll be even faster after the over the night OTA updates.

The “unfair” claim is ridiculous. There’s nothing magical about drag radials and a lot of people in the ICE (and custom EV) world replace their stock tires with it. Are fanboys really that scared of competition?

Just put stickier tires on the P85D (if available in that size). In fact the Tesla’s traction control should be able to take advantage of better tires too. That’s why the stickier conditions on the track helped bump up the times vs the street.

Anyways, I love the sound. Motor whine + tire friction.

If anyone’s wondering, “drag radials” are still radial ply street tires. They are just much softer, much more wear prone, but perfectly suitable on the street in dry conditions.

Then there are the DOT slicks, which are street legal but purely for straight line acceleration (way too much flex in the sidewalls). Finally the class of real drag slicks which are bias ply and not street legal.

I think the point against drag radials on the Hellcat is that they cover up a design deficiency. A fair comparison would be an AWD Hellcat, which Dodge chose not to build. Whether the AWD Hellcat would faster then needs to factor in the extra weight and the additional horsepower loss of the drivetrain. Does 200 lbs and 50 fewer horsepower make the Hellcat slower than the Tesla?