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Model S Sets Motor Trend Record

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Reekdog, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. Canuck

    Canuck Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2013
    South Surrey, BC
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  2. bhzmark

    bhzmark Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    More details in WSJ:

    What’s the latest buzz in electric cars? Speed, baby!

    Mr. Musk posted on Twitter that he thought the upgrade to Tesla’s high-end Model S P100D’s Ludicrous+ mode could probably allow it to reach 60 mph in 2.34 seconds and—if stripped down—the car could do it in 2.1 seconds.

    That’s when Motor Trend got involved.

    Ahead of testing, Tesla had a request. “They asked our test driver how much he weighed and when they found out he weighed 155 pounds, they said, ‘Our figuring has been assuming a 150-pound driver. Can we take the carpet out of the trunk?” Frank Markus, Motor Trend’s technical director said.

    The response: Nope."

    Motor Trend’s Mr. Markus said testers haven’t been able to complete a high-speed lap at the 2.2-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a Tesla for another reason. “You can’t run it that hard for that long … the battery overheats if you use all of that power,” he said. Tesla says it’s designed the system to avoid overheating in such situations by decreasing the power available, and that Motor Trend hasn’t tested the Model S around that track since the recent improvements.

    Motor Trend’s testers have even tried icing the battery, Mr. Markus said—to no avail."
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