TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Tesla finally meets it match in Australia, or does it?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by cottylowry, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. cottylowry

    cottylowry 2013 Model S

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2015
    Messages:
    57
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
  2. doctorwho

    doctorwho Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2014
    Messages:
    774
    Location:
    Eurobin, Victoria. Australia
    Those V8 Supercars are pretty quick but of course hampered by traction being only RWD.
     
  3. JenniferQ

    JenniferQ Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2015
    Messages:
    974
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Very fun to watch! Showing to my Aussie hubby who still isn't quite sure about my whole purchase!
     
  4. Cyclone

    Cyclone Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    4,394
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    I read that same post earlier today and thought I would post on here as soon as I got a chance. You beat me too it. The P85D Insane is an amazing vehicle and I'm sure the P90D Ludicrous is even better. I'd happily have a $140k car vs. a $1,000k car!
     
  5. cottylowry

    cottylowry 2013 Model S

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2015
    Messages:
    57
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    I was really surprised when the Tesla easily beat the race car. You'd think they would have their traction issues figured out. In the video I think he only switches the Tesla to Insane Mode, right?, so this is not even the most recent update. I really figured the MS was toast. Wow what a great piece of engineering.
     
  6. mkjayakumar

    mkjayakumar Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2012
    Messages:
    1,736
    Location:
    Plano, TX
    but but... the sound of the million dollar car is simply exhilarating.
     
  7. green1

    green1 Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2014
    Messages:
    4,115
    Location:
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    It was a race car, not a dragster. Longer race and it would have won for sure. The Tesla gets to high speeds incredibly quickly, but the top speed isn't as high as a race car, nor is the high speed endurance. That's OK though, Tesla has never claimed that this is a track car, and in real life driving, getting up to passing speed quickly is important, long duration runs at twice the speed limit are not.
     
  8. cottylowry

    cottylowry 2013 Model S

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2015
    Messages:
    57
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    You are so right about them using a race car incorrectly as a dragster. Probably not the best use of that car. I don't think I want to see a 5000 pound Tesla in a four wheel drift on a gymkhana or autocross track any time soon. Nor do I want to see the remains of the set of tires. I'm surprised the ICE competition is content to get beaten up on a dragstrip and hasn't challenged us with a twisty track. Are there any videos of Teslas in a series of chicanes?
     
  9. eloder

    eloder Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2015
    Messages:
    970
    Location:
    Ohio, USA
    It was a 4-door 2.5 ton 5+2 seater highly-fuel-efficient family-toting sedan, not a dragster.

    Oh, I thought we were talking about the car that's supposed to have the disadvantage here.
     
  10. JenniferQ

    JenniferQ Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2015
    Messages:
    974
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Yes, agree. That sound is hard to give up.
     
  11. green1

    green1 Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2014
    Messages:
    4,115
    Location:
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    I've seen video of a Tesla doing autocross, it was pretty amazing actually.
    I think a Tesla would rally pretty well too, but only if they could do battery swaps at service.

    - - - Updated - - -

    That's partially my point, the tesla is not a race car, Tesla has never claimed it is. I was responding to the person saying the race car should have been faster, it wasn't because it wasn't designed for this, neither was the tesla. Both are amazing cars, but neither was in it's true element.
     

Share This Page