A Tesla Model S P85D took on some of the fastest Australian supercars in a straight up drag race.
Ever since videos and tall tales about the Tesla Model S P85D’s incredible acceleration have been floating around the internet, everyone around the world has been chomping at the bit to test just how fast this California kid really is. Earlier yesterday (Oct. 7, 2015) Australia’s Car Advice put up their video showcasing the Tesla Model S P85D drag racing against a Walkinshaw Performance HSV GTS with 680 HP and 627 lb-ft of torque and an authentic Holden V8 Supercar that makes about 635 HP but with a stripped interior, weighs considerably less than the other two.
The Tesla Model S P85D, on the other hand, makes about 691 HP and a whopping 687 lb-ft of torque routed through all four wheels. But tipping the scales at a considerable heft of 4,936 pounds, you’d think the other two gas powered cars would pounce all over the bruiser from Fremont, California. But nothing could be further from the truth. Check out the video below for both drag races.
In the first race against the Walkinshaw HSV GTS, the Tesla Model S’s massive amount of torque easily overtakes the HSV GTS right from the get go. No matter how much power the HSV built up, it simply couldn’t catch up. In the second race against the Holden V8 Supercar, the race was a bit close but ultimately in the end, the Tesla absolutely tore the Holden V8 Supercar to shreds.
Only the most sophisticated launch control paired to a car with just the right amount of power, traction and power delivery could beat the mighty Tesla’s massive instant torque curve and power delivery. Around a few corners and in a full on race, the Tesla Model S P85D would’ve been easily beaten. But as for a simple drag race, the Tesla reigns supreme.