Tesla Tackles Hot Rod Drag Week 2019

October 15th, 2019

With a name like Hot Rod Drag Week, one might think this was more about all-out horsepower than consistency. Truth is that Hot Rod Drag Week is a series of Index Drag Races, and consistency is key. So, what could be more consistent than a Tesla? As it turns out, not much. Hot Rod Drag Week is comprised of drag racing on four tracks in five days. The truly sinister part of it is – the circuit between the drag strips adds up to more than 1,000-miles. That’s a long road trip in a car that is designed for maximum Read More

McLaren vs. Porsche vs. Ducati – Standing Mile

July 5th, 2019

Like a scene from a science fiction film, today’s contest features some of the most outlandish vehicles ever produced. First is the McLaren P1. The P1 is all racing – all the time. At the heart of this savage beast is a 3.8-liter twin turbocharged gas burner with a lithium-ion battery powered electric motor. Output is estimated at 903hp and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. This rear-wheel drive hypercar uses a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Gross vehicle weight is 3,200-pounds and the price tag is about $1.1-million (U.S.). The Porsche 918 Spyder is all-wheel drive. Also a hypercar, the Spyder is powered Read More

Lamborghini Aventador S VS. Tesla Model SP100D

June 25th, 2019

Who would ever think that a total electric sedan would be held in contention with a legendary Italian sports car when it comes to running the quarter-mile? Well, Tesla changed our way of thinking. First, it was the Tesla Roadster. Now the SP100D is the all-electric bad boy. With the equivalent of 680hp and a shocking (pun intended) 900 lb.-ft. of torque, the Tesla sedan is virtually unrivaled at cutting a light and coming out of the hole. Its power is transferred immediately and its all-wheel drive capabilities make traction consistent and secure. After that, another weakness is not exhibited Read More

700-Miles In – Rocky Mountain Race Week – Day 3

June 21st, 2019

After a long day on the road yesterday, the racers are checking in at the Julesburg Drag Strip in Colorado. This is the oldest operating drag strip in the U.S. Bad news is that the weather is wet. Good news is that the rain is subsiding, and it has cooled things off a bit. Race cars like it cool. Racers are looking a little tattered 700-miles into this excursion. Nevertheless, there are some top-tier competitors gnashing on the bridle to get back on the track. There’s a stunning yellow Mustang that has undergone a terrible struggle. The alternator belt broke Read More

Tesla P100D vs. Dodge Challenger Hellcat – Street Car Takeover

May 20th, 2019

Hello racing fans and welcome back to Thunder Valley at Bristol Dragway in beautiful Bristol, Tennessee. Our focal car today is a familiar one to most YouTubers. It is a Tesla P100D that has been whipping muscle cars all over the country. With all-electric power, this thing blasts out of the hole like a rocket and posts very consistent elapsed times. This makes the Tesla ideal for Index Racing. Unlike conventional drag racing, in which a competitor gets down the track as quickly as possible, Index Racing is the practice of selecting a time just slower than your fastest ever Read More

780HP Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO – Quarter-Mile Pass

February 6th, 2019

50-years after the introduction of the original 1969 COPO Camaro, GM takes to the track again with a powerful, all-electric eCOPO Camaro Concept. With an all-new 800-volt battery pack and two BorgWarner HVH motors, the eCOPO launched with an impressive wheelstand before blasting through the 60-foot mark (in only 1.30-seconds) and completing the quarter-mile in 10.42-seconds at 130.85 mph. Keep in mind that output capacity is only turned up to approximately 80-percent. A nine-second quarter-mile is expected before full production begins. Like the conventional 2019 COPO Camaro, the eCOPO is a full-race car designed for customization. Since the eCOPO is Read More

Tesla Mom Car is Track Monster

May 2nd, 2018

Careful that you don’t get spanked by a soccer mom in the quietest compact SUV (with gull-wing doors) that you could ever imagine. The Tesla X is now prowling the streets and it can be challenging to say the least. With all-wheel drive and total electric power, this little grocery-getter comes out of the hole like a bullet. Today, it will be taking on the world in closed track contests that include roll and dig races. Spoiler alert: This thing is deadly from the dig! First up is a motorcycle. It is the legendary 2012 Suzuki Hayabusa with full bolt-ons. Read More

Tesla Invests in Muscle Cars

October 19th, 2017

In a recent interview (parody) with Elon Musk of Tesla, a reporter asked if the automaker was indeed buying up muscle cars and hot rods around the suburban Atlanta (Georgia) area. Musk smiled wryly and explained to the journalist that he was mistaken. While it has been widely reported that Tesla has come to own many muscle cars in and around the 303; these reports are largely limited to a single P100D and an event called Street Car Takeover Atlanta. It would seem that an all-electric and gutted (it still weighs in at nearly two-and-a-half tons) Tesla P100D had thoroughly Read More

12-Wide Airstrip Drag Race

September 23rd, 2017

Greetings drag racing fans and welcome to what is being billed as the World’s Greatest Drag Race 7. This epic contest of acceleration and speed is being held at Vandenberg Air Force Base – home of the 30th Space Wing of Air Force Space Command. Extreme speed is no stranger to this base or these fighting men. They test rockets on a daily basis. The rockets being tested today will include the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Aston Martin DB11, the 650hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, the underpowered Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, the pricey Ferrari 488 GTB, the Lexus LC500, the Read More

Hot Rod Drag Week – Final Day

September 20th, 2017

It’s all over too quickly – for fans and spectators, that is. Hot Rod Drag Week 2017 is coming to a close and the weary competitors are eager to get to the final track (Cordova International Raceway) after their 1,000 excursion. Traditionally, the final day of Drag Week means that racers and crews can put more power to the pavement (not that they haven’t already been pushing the envelope). All week long they have been trying to save their machines because they must be driven between each venue. The final day yields a little less worry because broken cars can Read More

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