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Model S at ButtonWillow Raceway

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  1. Swe

    Swe New Member

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    #1 Swe, Mar 2, 2014
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    11 minutes video of Tesla S racing against ICE cars. Nice one.


     
  2. mnx

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    #2 mnx, Mar 3, 2014
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    I think the speedometer superimposed on the screen must mean km/h not mph. Either that or it's totally inaccurate. :)

     
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    I'm guessing it's totally inaccurate. There's no way he'd be "racing" at such low speeds (if it was km/h).
     
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    Why inaccurate? Have not been to Buttonwillow but those speeds seemed plausible based on the video.

    So weird to see Model S track day vids--keep waiting for the engine noise.
     
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    It accelerated more like a Mclaren than a Model S based on the #'s jumping around. The speed jumped to 130mph effortlessly...

     
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    Oh, I see--yes, there are a couple of places where the numbers get very wonky, but overall they seem in line with expectations.
     
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    Cool video. How does a device like this actually work and what's the dot jumping around represent?
     
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    Accelerometers and GPS. The dot represents Gee forces; acceleration, deceleration, and cornering. You can buy apps that use the accelerometers and GPS in your phone to do this.
     
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    Boy that looks like fun. I'm also thinking new set a tires might be needed after that.
     
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    Awesome!!! Can't stop watching :smile:
     
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    I've raced at Buttonwillow but in a car that had just a fraction of the power and torque of a Model S. Looks like you had a blast! You sure blew by that black Porsche easily after turn two. Thanks for sharing the experience.

    So how much charge did you lose after how many laps? Did you recharge there to get home? I know the Tejon SC isn't far away but track driving must drain the battery fairly rapidly.
     
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    If you all haven't tried a track day/DE, do it. It's a hell of a lot of fun. I'm not sure the Model S would be my choice, given the size, weight, potential difficulties with recharging at the track, and so forth--but you should try it in something.
     
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    Track driving definitely drains the battery rapidly. Think like 1600Wh/mile!
    I can get back and forth to my local track (~50km away) and get in ~18 laps. That's not even half an hour of track driving.. At least there's a 70A j1772 there now that I helped to install. :)
     
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    Just as true in an ICE car, of course--I expect between 4 and 5 mpg in my 3.2L Boxster. Typical track day requires 1.5/1.25 tanks of fuel. Of course, the big difference is in the time it takes to refuel...
     
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    That looks like a helluva lot of fun! Wish we had a track like that here in Hawaii.
     
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    Just to clarify. I´m not the one driving.
    I just found this video and thought that it would be appreciated by mos Tesla lovers, like me :wink:
     
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    For those that didn't watch the whole video, skip forward to 9:45. The drama happens at around 10:10 but the setup is around 9:45.
     
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    Okay, thanks as we, didn't realize you were not the driver.

    brianman I watched that part of the video and I had a very similar experience once cresting that little hill someone had spin out just in front of me and dust obscured the track, I almost hit another car.

    Doing that track in a Model S would be awesome. I wonder if anyone has done it in a Roadster.
     

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