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Best Car Ever
Sep 24, 2018
Lap Times @ -5°C (23°F)

1:15.23 - Nissan GT-R (R35)
1:16.31 - Ferrari 488 GTB
1:18.62 - Tesla Perfomance Model 3 (86% SOC per insistence of Tesla engineer)
1:20.23 - Mercedes AMG C 63 (W205)
1:22.67 - BMW M3 (F80)
1:25.72 - NIO ES8
1:39.98 - BYD DM

Does anyone else see the potential confounds in all this? First of all, the temp at which these cars were tested and lapped would be well outside the recommended use range for summer max performance or summer extreme performance tire types. Although the extreme stresses on the tires would quickly heat them up, we have no idea what the operational temperatures might have been during the timed laps, and we don't know what tires were used (in any case, should have been identical across all the cars but we don't know that). Second, the low temp would significantly help the HP output of all the ICE cars (denser colder air) but have no benefits, and possible negative effects on EV cars, dependent on initial battery temps (although those wold surely rise after a lap or so). This suggests at the very least that there would have been a slight biasing of the results against the Model 3. Only a repeat of this on warmer day would clarify this concern.

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