Tesla Model X P90DL Versus Audi R8 V10 Spyder – DragTimes Race Video


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Timeslip From Race

We’ve seen all versions of the Tesla Model S destroying competitors at the strip, but there’s only been a few videos showing the Model X doing the same, but this race actually seems like a fair fight with an unknown outcome.

This time around, DragTimes pits the Tesla Model X P90D versus the Audi R8 V10 Spyder.

Video description:

“We race the Tesla Model X P90D vs the Audi R8 V10 Spyder down the 1/4 Mile at Palm Beach International Raceway.”

The race is won by the Tesla, but what’s truly amazing is the difference in reaction times between the two cars (see R/T on timeslip image to the right).

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24 responses to "Tesla Model X P90DL Versus Audi R8 V10 Spyder – DragTimes Race Video"
  1. Elroy says:

    Nice. Keep these videos coming!

  2. ffbj says:

    Just more documentary footage for the “Twilight of Internal Combustion Engine.”

    1. evcarstugatso says:

      TESLA RULES!!!

  3. pjwood1 says:

    Another jump the light, by a Tesla. Why not edit the first run out, and just show the last? It’s gonna win anyway, since nobody has to turn a steering wheel.

    1. Nix says:

      Nobody jumped any lights. If anybody jumped a light, the tree would have shown a red light at the bottom. Go back and watch at :30, 1:30, and 3:20. None of the drivers have red lights, they have nothing but green lights, which indicates a legal launch.

  4. David Murray says:

    I’m pretty sure the reaction time is a human factor.. not the car.

    1. Nix says:

      You would be incorrect for two reasons.

      1) While it may seem like your automatic fly-by-wire gas car takes off immediately on launch, it really doesn’t. There is a delay. Some cars are worse than others, regardless of the driver.

      The Tesla actually starts a full power launch before you even manage to get the pedal all the way to the floor. It predicts a full speed launch based upon how fast the pedal is moving, and executes a full power launch must faster than most cars.

      2) You also might falsely believe that reaction time is measured by the moment that vehicle starts moving. But that also isn’t true. There is another factor called “Rollout” that is a function of the car, not the driver. There are infrared beams that get blocked by your tires when you stage. Your response time is measured until the moment your tire is PAST the beam, and the tire no longer blocks the beam. Depending upon the diameter of your tire, you may have to drive about a full foot BEFORE the reaction time timer stops. So how fast your vehicle actually covers that 12 inches ABSOLUTELY does matter!! Tire spin matters too, it can delay how long it takes for your wheels to clear those beams.

      The Model S has no tire spin, so it will get a better reaction time vs. any car that spins even just a little bit off the line, regardless of how fast the driver reacted to the lights.

      The Model S is also faster at simply launching those roughly 12 inches, on top of the tire spin advantage.

  5. George Parrott says:

    The Tesla is “legal” on that first run; the Audi driver simply napped. But the times subtract out the r/t, so the Tesla is still quicker.

    Simple as that.

    1. Blastphemy says:

      The Model X absolutely jumped the line.

      1. Nix says:

        Absolutely not. Both lanes have green lights in both runs. If either driver had jumped the lights, they would have gotten a red light.

        Do you actually know how the tree works? Or did you just not actually pay attention to the video?

  6. Apkungen says:

    Come on! Wait until the light turns green! Even i could do that crap better and my driving skills fucking sucks!

    1. Nix says:

      I don’t think you understand how the tree works in drag racing. It is not the same as a stoplight at your local intersection.

      On the Street, you go when the green light comes on.

      On the Strip, you go when the yellow lights go out.

      If you go too early, you will get a red light indicating you jumped the line. The green light indicates that you did not jump the line, and you launched correctly. You don’t wait for the green light to launch, or you will be sitting there all day, because it won’t turn green until after you have launched.

      You can see at 30 seconds, 1:30 seconds, and 3:20 seconds that both lanes got green lights indicating no drivers launched prematurely.

      1. Martin Winlow says:

        “I don’t think you understand how the tree works in drag racing. ” No, clearly not! Nor did I, as it happens, so it was worth me bothering to watch yet another supposedly ‘fast’ ICEV get trounced by one (OK, 2) of Nikola’s electric motors. It give’s whole new meaning to ‘spinning in his grave”!

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    The question is that how many of these runs will the Tesla handles before it requires cool down vs. the Audi R8?

    1. Nix says:

      Gas cars often have problems hotlapping (doing back to back runs) at the strip too.

      It would be very odd to do a whole bunch of hotlaps in a row at the strip.

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        Yes, that is why I asked the question that includes the numbers of laps for R8 as well.

        I know high performance cars need cool downs as well. Now, which one can do more in a given time or which one requires longer cool down time?

    2. Terawatt says:

      Also, didn’t you notice it said the Tesla had been running all day, was at 55% and not quite as fast as earlier in the day?

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        Did R8 slow down over the course of the day?

        1. Nix says:

          How much slower the R8 went later in the day would be a function of changes in the ambient air temps, humidity levels, etc.

          ICE cars are also sensitive to altitude, where electrics are not.

          A Tesla will run the same times at a mile high in altitude as it does at sea level. An ICE car would lose around 20% of its power.

          1. ElectricAvenue says:

            “A Tesla will run the same times at a mile high in altitude as it does at sea level.”

            Actually, the Tesla will be slightly quicker at higher elevations due to the lower air density, and thus lower wind drag for the same speed over the ground. I believe this factor is small compared to the loss in power in ICEs, thus the overall effect for ICE cars is to run slower.

  8. Four Electrics says:

    When the Model S beat these cars, it was one thing. When a porker like the X does it, it really stings. Brutal. I’d like to see something involving cornering eventually; that may turn out much differently.

    1. Nix says:

      That’s where the GEN II Roadster will shine.

      1. Anti-Lord Kelvin says:

        But GEN II Roadster it will come in 2019 (most likely), but much sooner we will have the next Model X P100DL, not to speak about his even more speedy Model S P100DL, maybe for the end of this year? Please!

        1. Nix says:

          Ah, the age old tradition of waiting for the next generation of a vehicle! Never fun, whether it is an EV or an ICE.

          I remember back in the 1990’s when Land Rover pulled their Defenders out of the US market, and they kept teasing that they would bring it back some day. 20 years later, enthusiasts are STILL waiting!