Tesla Model S P85D Versus Mercedes AMG GT S – Drag Race Video

JUN 23 2015 BY MARK KANE 8

Mercedes AMG GT S

Mercedes AMG GT S

Tesla Model S P85D, thanks to instant torque from its electric motors, is almost insurmountable in the drag races.

…at least to a certain speed when acceleration falls off and conventional sport cars can catch up with the Tesla.

Here’s an example of such a drag race recorded by DragTimes.  The Tesla Model S P85D (691 hp and 4,900 lbs) is racing against the Mercedes AMG GT S (503 hp and 3,756 lbs).

“After the launch, the Tesla’s Insane mode positively murders the Mercedes, which almost looks like it’s standing still. It takes about 10 or 11 seconds for the AMG to catch up the Tesla.

These two cars simply aren’t comparable in any way because the Tesla’s main strength is its capability to dig in and put over 600 horsepower to the road immediately. After a few seconds, that advantage is lost, because the electric motors don’t have any gears between them and the road.

If you happen to own a Tesla, know that you should only race to about 80 mph, which is over the legal speed limited anyway.”

Editor’s Note: High speed driving and/or rapid acceleration is strongly suggested to be conducted only on the race track.  Do not attempt high speed driving on public roads, unless permitted and control by the proper authorities.

Source: autoevolution

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8 Comments on "Tesla Model S P85D Versus Mercedes AMG GT S – Drag Race Video"

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For road use, the Tesla is hands-down faster, any driver can achieve that acceleration, and it doesn’t make a lot of noise => doesn’t attract attention.


I see Tesla adding a 2nd gear for higher mid band torque and overall top end.

Not needed but Ego Elon will want it for the 4 door sedan.

I’m surprised they haven’t offered it already; all these vids of Model Ses smoking everything off the line and then getting smoked at the top end.

After the Roadster transmission fiasco*, I doubt Tesla wants go through that experience again, especially now that AWD is becoming the standard.

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Roadster#Transmission

Just because Tesla’s first attempt at making cars failed, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done…

With dual traction motors a second gear is just a matter of having both motors operate with a different final drive ratio. They are already doing this to achieve higher efficiency in the D cars than the RWD Model S. Basically one motor can operate near its peak power up to X MPH at which point the other motor is just coming into it’s peak power band at X + mph. Since electric motors have such a wide RPM band and unlike conventional AWD the front and rear final drive ratios do not need to be the same as they are not bound to a common final drive but can operate independently.

There is no way that Telsa will ever offer a lower-priced BEV with a transmission. The company tried twice for a two-speed transmission for the Roadster, and finally had to give up. The transmissions didn’t hold up over time; the high torque of a powerful electric drivetrain is very hard indeed on a transmission. Now, it’s possible that some future high-performance Tesla sports car, possibly the next generation Roadster, might see them once again attempt a multi-speed transmission. Certainly a track race car should have one, altho that’s a long way from being a production car. A second gear for high speed would also help Tesla sell cars in Germany, where high-end cars are expected to perform well on the Autobahn. The Model S is great at fast acceleration, but not at maintaining 100+ MPH speeds for long. However, I doubt that developing a production Tesla engineered to drive on the Autobahn would be cost-effective for Tesla, at least not until batteries improve significantly in energy density. With current batteries so limited in power, a high speed Autobahn run would exhaust the battery pack rather quickly. If you could drive a car at high speed on the Autobahn for only… Read more »

Correction: With current batteries so limited in stored energy