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Model X Beats Supercar In A Drag Race, While Also Towing A Copy Of The Same Supercar

So, here’s the thing. We can bitch and moan and whine and throw a temper tantrum all we like, but there’s a fact of life in the automotive world that’s here to stay for good it seems. That fact is electric cars are here to stay.

While many old the old guard of gear-heads will continue to say that gas powered cars are all they’ll entertain to drive, they are missing a crucial point of the conversation which is that electric cars have an INSANE advantage off the line. Take the Tesla Model S for example. That car, in it’s top trim level of P90D with “ludicrous mode” enabled, can reach 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. Why? Because it has it’s full torque available to it instantly, even when at a standstill due to no engine that needs to wind up. Most gasoline cars don’t have peak torque until after they get going and into the 1500+ RPM range.

This gives electric cars on the whole a supreme advantage in a 1/4 drag race. And to demonstrate this point is Jason Cammisa from Motor Trend as he drag races an even slower Tesla against Alfa Romeo’s 4C, but it’s not just a head-to-head drag race. There’s a bit more to it.

I think this proves the ultimate point of power use off the line. Electric cars will always trounce gas cars. Personally, I’m still firmly in the gas car camp, but I love the electric applications that can be utilize to make cars faster and more efficient.

The future looks bright for electric cars and if they can put me from 0-60 in a sedan just as fast as a McLaren P1 could, then I’m all for it.

(Source: YouTube)

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Gregson's love affair with cars began at a young age thanks to his father who introduced him to racing. He's been a fan ever since he saw his first race live at Watkins Glen at the age of 5. He loves GT3, F1, Rally, Touring, and Le Mans styles of racing. Intermediate knowledge of internal combustion engines. Any reading done for pleasure is devoted to automotive journalism. Gregson owns a WRX and can 4-wheel drift directly into your hedges, no sweat. He currently is a Senior Copywriter for McCann Torre Lazur specializing in pharmaceutical advertising. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Kate and their dog Savannah.

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One comment

  1. The reason the electric car is so good at accelerating is NOT as described.

    The explanation “it has high torque” and therefore “it goes fast and pulls a lot”… obfuscates the meaning of the word “torque”. In fact, it is impossible to know what a certain amount of torque is capable of without also knowing the speed of rotation.

    Imagine that we have hooked up electric motors with 10% of the torque, but which are compact and designed to spin very fast.. let’s say 10 times the speed. These motors are hooked to a gearbox, and voila! If we ignore drivetrain losses you will see that these motors with 1/10 the torque but 10 times the speed are EXACTLY the same power output.

    We should also realize that a clutch + flywheel (manual transmission) or a torque converter (auto trans) allow the internal combustion engine to spin any speed at launch, and produce a nearly infinite range of torque at the rear wheels. If geared low enough, a model aircraft engine could move Manhattan. If the wheels can be spun so fast as to loose traction, (any 100hp RWD car with a manual transmission will due), then undoubtedly we can produce 1000ft-lbs of torque simply through low gear ratios or maybe just by rapid engagement of any high-friction clutch paired with a heavy flywheel.

    OK, so if torque isn’t responsible for Tesla’s domination at the drag strip… what is?

    Electric cars are faster on launch because they have instantaneous feedback for traction control, no gear changes, no transmission/drivetrain losses.

    When we brag about having a lot of torque, what we intend to brag about is a relatively high amount of horsepower at low rpm. Keep in mind that ‘relatively’ high horsepower is still somewhat low at low rpm. Power is what moves you… torque times distance. In this case, we measure distance in revolutions.

    If the electric motors produce a massive 1000lb-ft of torque at 200rpm, I believe that is approximately 38 horsepower.

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