Watch Tesla Model S P100D Race McLaren 720S


That reticent Tesla is like a stealthy stalker.

The Model S P100D has been matched up a lot of times with gasoline-powered supercars and sports cars. This year, we’ve reported a total of five drag races for 2018, which included opponents such as the Chevy Camaro ZL1, Audi R8 V10, Dodge Demon, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and Lamborghini Huracan Performante. It has won several times, and that made the Tesla a wildcard when it comes to drag races.

This time, however, CarWow, with Mat Watson and Shmee back on the driver seats, puts the high-performance electric car to a drag strip deathmatch with a 720S. Can the Model S P100D with its Ludicrous mode beat the McLaren in standing drag, rolling start, and brake tests? Let’s crunch the numbers before you watch.

The P100D is the ultimate Model S, which means it has the most powerful output among its versions since its inception. With its 100 kilowatt-hour battery in place, it can churn out 762 horsepower and 687 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 155 miles per hour, and can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 2.4 seconds.

On the other hand, the McLaren 720S, as its name suggests, packs 720 metric horses (710 hp) and 568 lb-ft torque, sent to the rear wheels. It can reach 62 mph from complete standstill in 2.7 seconds but has a maximum speed of 212 mph.

While the performance figures point to the Tesla Model S P100D winning, the 720S has a definitive advantage over the EV – it’s 2,000 lighter.

If you’ve watched the video by now, then you know that the Model S looked to be winning at first with its instantaneous torque delivery. It reached a plateau, though, enabling the McLaren to win over the Tesla in the standing quarter mile by 0.4 seconds. On a rolling start, Tesla’s torque performance won over the McLaren, but would have been another win for the 720S if it was a longer race. Brake test was of course a landslide win for the McLaren.

So what’s the key takeaway after these tests? Weight hurts. Always.

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7 Comments on "Watch Tesla Model S P100D Race McLaren 720S"

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And the Mclaren is also one of the most capable cars around a race track.

720s entry price tag: 249 175 €, two seats
P100d entry price tag : 83 800 €, five seats

Well, there a clear winner for me.

Wrong – That’s 75D
P100D is 142,800 €

Why not with the rimac or Nio EP9😉
Not a chance for the Mclaren. Comparing a sedan vs a hypercar 😵


So the car that is purpose made (costing ~3x more) for the track wins the 1/4 mile drag race and braking. For a car that’s 2,000 lbs heavier, the S didn’t stop that much further than the 720. Would an S Class stop any faster than the Tesla?
Then they write “On a rolling start, Tesla’s torque performance won over the McLaren, but would have been another win for the 720S if it was a longer race.” Love that ICE mentality, “if it was a longer race”.
Why wasn’t there a mention of the 0 to 60 or 100 times?
WINNER for me is the Model S.
Sad that the only way to show the S (P100D) losing is by pitting it against supercars/hypercars.

I think it’s clear to almost everyone that electric offers incredible performance advantages over internal combustion. Volkswagen’s I.D. R electric race car proved that in convincing fashion with its dominating performance at Pikes Peak. Even Formula 1 wants to steal Formula E’s thunder by suggesting conversion to electric. So the writing is on the wall. Rather than lamenting the loss by the P100D, admire its ability to perform so well against traditional supercars. It’s paradigm-shifting stuff.

However, I will give a nod to the McLaren in aesthetic, execution and sound. Sometimes racing love is more than just numbers. 😉