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I survived a "Launch"!


I took two friends to Costa Mesa to see why I want to buy a Tesla. They test drove an 85D and were as impressed as I had been. Then our Product Specialist took us out in a P85D to demonstrate "The Launch" on a quiet and deserted street, smoothly paved, with about a 0.4 mi straightaway ending with a sweeping 90º left turn with an open field of view around the bend.

OMG! I thought stories of being plastered against the seat back were exaggerations, but no, they are true! During our launch - at, what, 1.6G or so? - from standstill to warp speed, I was sure that I felt the blood rushing from my eyeballs to the back of my head, my stomach thought I was on a diabolical carnival ride and my arms broke out in a cold sweat. In my impaired state, I was sure that he never slowed down as he powered through the turn as if running on rails; no tire squeal, no sideslip, just massive angular acceleration.



Journeyman Member
Dec 12, 2014
Chicago, IL
The good news is that the blood impairment does not go away after at least several hundred launches. It remains fun when you can do it safely. This is good, for those of us that purchased one because we wanted "our own personal rollercoaster that we could use at any time" (thanks, Elon!)
What have I done when I upgraded my S85D order to a P85D? Will my driving license survive? Will I? More to the point, how can I survive the two days before I take delivery?:scared:

The great thing about the P85D is you get to have fun at legal speed limits. Every red light, every stop sign become a launch point. I just got the 6.2.153 update, and car now does 0-60mph in 3.05, and top speed of 155 mph.

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