Tesla Model S P85D Test Drive – Speed Doesn’t Kill When You’ve Got AWD

JAN 12 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

Tesla Model S P85D

Tesla Model S P85D

The folks over at Roulez Electrique recently tested the Tesla Model S P85D, concluding:

“Gone is the old adage that speed kills. At the wheel of the new Tesla Model S P85D, we can bury the saying and say that secures the speed.”

Via Google Translate, which mucks up some of meaning, but still gets us to the point: with AWD, the Tesla Model S P85D is secure at speed.

Some more info from Roulez Electrique (via Google Translate):

“This insurance policy on survival does exist and I’ve never felt so much safe driving this P85D whose 691 horses provide cover against accidents. We can not find the words to describe the lightning acceleration of the actual rocket on four wheels. Let the numbers for a moment: 0-100 km / h = 3.2 seconds, exactly the figure provided by the factory and I duplicated without difficulty on the time of my iPhone. All this without evasions of the rear axle or loss of adhesion.”

The focus of the Roulez Electrique article is mostly on the AWD aspects of the P85D:

“And that’s not all. Let me tell you about the 4WD. WOW. The technology that enabled Tesla to achieve such results on icy or snowy roads is such that it should be made mandatory on all cars. I had the chance to drive the P85D on very slippery roads and I swear that the accelerations are absolutely breathtaking in such conditions. Pirelli winter tires combined with the AWD system are pushing the limits of adhesion to such a level that we imagine driving on wet pavement rather qu’enneigée. Thus on a little secret route copiously covered in snow and with the complicity of some Renaud, we obtained an acceleration time from 0 to 100 km / h in eight seconds, a time that many cars struggling to realize on dry pavement.”

AWD for the win!

Source: Roulez Electrique

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6 Comments on "Tesla Model S P85D Test Drive – Speed Doesn’t Kill When You’ve Got AWD"

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Mikael

It’s not the speed that kills you, it’s the sudden stop of the impact.

Every car can be built to be safe, but there is no car that isn’t safer at lower speeds.

Guy Gravel

This article was writen by Jacques Duval, a well known and respected car analyst and has been doing so for probably over 50 years.
He first bought a Volt for his wife and eventually bought a model S but now has sold it to get a P85D that he should receive this spring.
Here is the whole article witch you can gat translated tru google translate:
http://roulezelectrique.com/au-volant-de-la-testa-p85d-la-vitesse-securise/

pjwood

“The technology that enabled Tesla to achieve such results on icy or snowy roads is such that it should be made mandatory on all cars.”

Tesla allows traction control to be turned off, in driver settings. 😉

Al S

I think the author is saying that the instant torque and AWD allows safe passing.

Too bad there’s no video of the 0-100 km/h in deep snow.

Loulou Major

The holy grail for an electric car is that it has four electric motors, one for each wheel individually controlled by the computer. That kind of car would have a perfect control of the road and the sensations and the security of action would be on a another level!

np

2 EVs are already produced with 4 motors and torque vectoring:
– Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive (740 hp)
– Rimac Automobili (1000 hp)

The Rimac demos have shown it can be tuned for understeer or oversteer and allows for controlled drifting.