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Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by CapitalistOppressor, Jan 31, 2013.
Tesla Model S Performance vs Chevrolet Volt Drag Racing 1/4 Mile - YouTube
Ouch. Maybe they could bring a golf cart to the drag strip to make the Volt feel better about itself beating another electric vehicle?
My inner voice:
I dunno, that Volt took so long to get down the track I think its gas motor might have kicked in. ;-)
Like I said all EVs are quiet.
I'd link to my post about EV definitions but apparently it was hidden in the thread. Lamez.
I think I could have beaten the volt on a bicycle...
Who ever thought this would be a contest? I think the Volt's 0-60 time is around 8 seconds in sport mode. It's quick off the line like the Model S but lags above 30. I should know -- I have one. I guess the idea was to test Model S against other electric cars, but we all know how that will end up.
Maybe next week I'll pit my 85 against my '05 Corolla.
Agreed this is not a fair comparison. The volt was not designed as a performance car. However, there is a guy just starting to get into software modding of his 2013. He claims to have gotten 5.5 0-60 time. Yet to take it to the track and it's with the engine running.
GM-Volt forum thread
It wasn't an actual race. If it had been it would have been a bracket race and the Volt would have started ~5 seconds before the Model S.
At a drag strip you pull into staging lanes and get in line. When it's just time trials you often are just matched randomly with someone from another line.
The subject title is childish. Is it news worthy that a Model S "destroys" a Ford Fiesta? Or maybe a plug in Prius?
"Epic drag race..."??
Though a MSP85 vs. a Karma on the other hand...
I'm ready, bring me a Karma... it will look just as bad...
Both drivers were asleep at the tree. The reaction times were really, really slow.
I liked it anyway. Just some good, clean fun.
Drag racing is childish. But wicked fun to watch. Keep the title and let's not be afraid to have a little fun here. The Volt is more than 5 seconds slower zero to sixty than the MSP85. Next drag race: herbie the love bug vs the volt.
As someone that pretty much grew up at a drag strip that was one of my first thoughts also.
Time for some FnF quotes. :biggrin:
I live my life a quarter-mile at a time.
It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning.
So he's running the generator when he does this? As it's not providing direct drive to the wheels, why? Or did he modify that?
Yes he's running the generator. I don't think it's providing direct drive to the wheels. That is only in very rare cases in the Volt, (i.e. low battery and high speed) and I don't think he's hitting the low battery here.
Most don't know exactly what he's doing yet, other than remapping some of the throttle and RPM tables. This is all new to me, so maybe following the thread over on gm-volt site would provide you with more insight. I just find it neat to watch what can be done with the car on a software only mod/hack. Will be very interesting to see what kind of track speeds and dyno results he gets. He is supposed to try that this weekend (Dyno)....
What a terrible angle to shoot that video! I have absolutely no sense for just how bad of a butt kicking that really was (and I'm sure it was an EPIC butt kicking).
Drag races are not normally shot from behind are they? Doesn't it make more sense to place the camera at the finish line?!?