Video: Autocrossing a Tesla Model S
AUG 23 2013 BY ELECTRICCARSTV
Those who say the Tesla Model S is too big and bulky to autocross obviously haven’t tried to do so themselves.
Surely the Model S isn’t the ideal autocrosser, but it’s definitely competitive in a field packed full of worthy vehicles.
Part of the Model S’ autocrossing abilities no doubt comes from its instantaneous low-speed torque. As most autocross events are conducted at speeds far below highway-legal, torque rather than horsepower is important.
The Model S’ torque allows autocrosser to accelerate quickly from cone to cone. The rest is up to the driver.
Placing the large Model S accurate could be difficult and controlling its mounds of power take a skilled foot, but practice makes perfect and, as this autocross run shows, there’s always room for improvement.
Posting a time of 58.22 seconds, this particular Model S was around 5 seconds off the quickest time of the day, but as even the driver admits, a few seconds were lost in trying to reel in the Model S power. With some more practice, a 55-second run should be no problem.