Tesla Model S Sets 1/4-Mile Record; Becomes World’s Quickest Production Electric Vehicle


Is the Tesla Model S Performance version the world’s quickest production electric vehicle?  According to the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA), it indeed is.

At a StreetCarDrags.com event this past weekend at the Palm Beach International Raceway, a Model S Performance tripped the quarter-mile lights with a time of 12.371 at 110.84 miles per hour, thus making it the world’s quickest 1/4-mile production electric vehicle.

Yes, that's a Dodge Viper way back there.

Yes, that’s a Dodge Viper way back there.

Even more impressive was the Model S’ recorded 0 to 60 mph time of 3.9 seconds.  That’s well below Tesla’s quoted figure of 4.4 seconds.

The folks over at DragTimes were responsible for the record-setting run and describe the day’s events as follows:

“We started out with a full charge on the Tesla which indicated a range of 314 miles, after a 78-mile trip to Palm Beach International Raceway at 70 mph, the Tesla showed a range of 205 miles left.  We made a few passes in the car shortly after arriving and the car was amazingly consistent, running two back-to-back 12.678 passes @ 108 MPH.   We then drove the car over to the RV parking area at the track and plugged into their 240v 40 amp charging station.”

“After 3 hours, the car was fully charged and we made another pass running 12.371 @ 110.84 mph, which was backed up by a few 12.4x passes.”  

Throughout the course of the day, the Model S was pitted against several vehicles, including a 2005 Dodge Viper SRT10.  Video of that particular race is posted below.

Next time out, DragTimes hopes to switch the Model S’ 21-inch wheels for a set of lighter 19-inchers, a swap that will likely improve the Model S’ 0 to 60 mph and 1/4-mile time.

Lastly, the Model S was weighed prior to running and was found to tip the scales at 4,690 pounds.


Here's the official timeslip from Model S' record-setting run.

Here’s the official timeslip from Model S’ record-setting run.

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5 Comments on "Tesla Model S Sets 1/4-Mile Record; Becomes World’s Quickest Production Electric Vehicle"

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I think Tesla deserves a hat tip for producing a big sedan that is actually faster than its own tiny sports car in the 1/4 mile. I think most traditional automakers would have thought the standard S would have plenty of power to impress.

I think the Viper driver was holding back if you listen to the Video.

Go Tesla!

Put some drag radials on it and see if it can break into the 11’s. Any mods or tweaks that can be done to it?

What’s the smallest dia. wheel that can be put on it(due to brakes) to get the shortest tire for a lower gear ratio?

Motor swap? Inverter swap? Pack swap? Anyway to strip a thousand or two thousand pounds out of the car?

What if the car was on slicks and had a “launch mode”?

Search youtube for the Rat Rod vs Lamborghini Aventador video.

Impressive run for the ‘lectric. That Viper isn’t known for being as quick as that Tesla and should have lost that race, no big surprise there. Bring on a real challenger…