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Tesla Model S P85D Versus Porsche 911 Turbo – Drag Race Video

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 22

Race Time!

Race Time!

Recently, at Palm Beach International Raceway, there was a “Tesla Takeover” event in which the Model S challenged all sorts of formidable cars.

This particular drag race pits the Tesla P85D versus a Porsche 911 Turbo.

Here’s a brief write-up on the race via Evannex:

“Then, we got to see a Tesla P85D race a Porsche 911 Turbo S (Porsche’s top-of-the-line 911 spec) and the owner, Joe, told me that the Porsche owner had a similar optioned car (as his) and yet the Porsche cost over $200,000. The Porsche owner went on to tell Joe that he was “surprised” at how fast the Tesla P85D could go… he was seriously impressed. Then, Daniel, a P85D owner, raced a fellow Standard RWD 85 and left it in the dust. This proves how mighty the P85D is… now we really want to see “insane” vs. “ludicrous” modes in a race, but we’ll have to wait for that one.”

As for times, the 911 Turbo eeks out the win with an 11.0-second run, versus the Tesla at 11.7 seconds.

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22 responses to "Tesla Model S P85D Versus Porsche 911 Turbo – Drag Race Video"

  1. tftf says:

    EVs with large batteries as a category will win in drag races. We have enough examples (that’s not Tesla-specific)

    Let’s however drive a few laps on a race track (even one on a long track) and the Model S will overheat and limp along…

    http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1093397_nrburgring-proves-too-much-for-tesla-model-s-video

    1. RexxSee says:

      The Tesla S is a family sedan, don’t you remember petroll?

      1. tftf says:

        Petroll?

        I pointed out that

        – EVs as a category are well-suited for drag races, see e.g. this student project:

        New record: electric race car 0-100 km/h in 1.785 seconds

        http://www.electricautosport.com/2014/11/faster-formula-1-electric-race-car-0-100-kmh-1785-seconds/

        – Tesla’s EV implementation has staimina issues. This was also true for the Tesla Roadster, not just the Model S.

        Was the Roadster a family sedan?

        I think Porsche and others will build EVs than can sustain max output for longer periods.

        1. Rexxsee says:

          The roadster was a first shot from a new company. Merely adapted from a Lotus chassis.
          It performed quite well as you know.
          Let’s see what Porsche did on its first shot.

          You are very unfair petroll and you know it, but it’s your job to bash Tesla isn’t it?

          Wait for Roadster II 😉

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          tftf whined:

          “I think Porsche and others will build EVs than can sustain max output for longer periods.”

          It’s rather inappropriate to castigate Tesla for not doing what even Porsche and other “performance car” makers haven’t been able to do, innit? And last time I looked, the Model S wasn’t a track racecar; it wasn’t even a sports car.

          And I certainly hope that Tesla never tries to turn a family sedan into a track racecar, despite all your whining. Square pegs don’t interface well with round holes.

          Not that a perpetual anti-Tesla basher like you cares about what’s appropriate, or practical, or right, or just, or even Truthful.

    2. SparkEV says:

      Sure, and at the same time, let’s have 2 gallons of gas in gas car, and gas car won’t make few laps before running out of energy.

      1. 2013VOLT says:

        That is a ridiculous argument. Why would the gas car only have 2 gallons? Also the Model S cooling system does seem to be under capacity for the car. Why is it an ICE car, which generates far more heat than an EV can race for 24 hours straight without overheating and a Model S cannot?

        1. Rexxsee says:

          Because the Model S has only one gear, and was never designed for sustained near maximum RPM.

          1. ModernMarvelFan says:

            “Because the Model S has only one gear, and was never designed for sustained near maximum RPM.”

            Then why tout it as a race car to drag race against other performance cars and “LOSE at the end”?

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          2013VOLT asked:

          “Why is it an ICE car, which generates far more heat than an EV can race for 24 hours straight without overheating and a Model S cannot?”

          Because the gasmobile has to be, is forced to be, designed to be able to handle having most of the energy in its fuel wasted as heat. The Tesla Model S is designed to work with much, much better energy efficiency.

          And how bizarre of you to write as if somehow that’s a deficiency! It’s like criticizing a rapier because it doesn’t make a very good axe.

      2. tftf says:

        SparkEV, the fact remains that EVs can’t drive a full race yet. Formula E switches cars and each sprint lasts for less than 30 minutes…

        http://www.fiaformulae.com/

        I however think Formula E is a good platform to bring performance EVs forward.

        Tesla is completely missing out on Formula E so far.

        1. Anon says:

          You don’t change the world building race specific vehicles…

        2. AtlantaCourier says:

          The average person doesn’t drive a full race…not even once in their lifetimes. But everybody guns their car away from stoplights, even if its just to get in front of the guy next to them. Racing in traffic is not uncommon though, but in any case, the Tesla smokes them all. The guys who run on the streets Daytona 500 style end up in jail.

        3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          tftf said:

          “I however think Formula E is a good platform to bring performance EVs forward.”

          I think it’s a terrible platform. They should require that cars have to run the entire race to win, just like almost every other automobile race. To do that, they need to allow battery swapping, and encourage it by allowing unlimited swapping. That way, it becomes no more of a limitation than a Formula 1 racer having to stop for refueling.

          1. tftf says:

            “I think it’s a terrible platform.”

            Sure, the day Tesla joins Formula E you will likely do a 180 declare it a terrific platform and marketing tool to push EVs forward.

    3. Mayhemm says:

      Yes. True enough. But while we’re tossing around random things each respective car is weak at, which have nothing to do with drag racing, how about we load 5 people and their luggage into the 911 and go cruise the freeway?

    4. Will says:

      what do circuit races have to do with drag races? Why are you even bringing that up?

    5. Kacey Green says:

      Why do you keep trotting out this Model S 60 ? Get an updated trial with the P85D or P90D the P85+ that was out when this was done also would have been a good choice.

      1. Kacey Green says:

        http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/tesla-model-s-p85-onboard-at-n-rburgring-video-ar170551.html here just one of a few updated attempts I found in less than 5 seconds of searching

  2. Model S was not designe with Indy 500 races on mind. Roadster neither, but I would expect that additional cooling, and a possible 2 speed gear box for better sustained high speed will be addressed in an upgraded Model S, prior to the Tesla Pickup!

  3. Trollnonymous says:

    A sports car vs a family sedan?

    T real point isn’t who won, it’s by how small a margin….lol

    Let’s put the Family sedan MSP85D (With Ludicrus mode) against the seasoned company Porsche’s fully upgraded family sedan $263900.00 “2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series” at the drag.

    WAIT, it already lost: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/porsche/2015-porsche-panamera-exclusive-series-ar166050.html

    1. Philip d says:

      Or rather the even quicker P90DL.

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