When browsing through the in car manual in the Tesla Model S related to canceling Autosteer, we noticed an interesting bullet point that says Autosteer cancels when: “You change gears”. Is this simply an error or a hint that a gear box could be coming in future Tesla’s? Or maybe they are referring to moving from forward to reverse, which wouldn’t be a “gear” change since the Tesla does not have different gears for forward and reverse.
The first 1/4 mile results for the new Tesla P90D with Ludicrous are in with a new owner taking their P90D to Rock Falls Raceway in Wisconsin. The owner did a 90% charge with the P90D at a nearby supercharger before heading to the track and ended up with a best time of 11.38 @ 115.89 MPH which is quite a bit away from the 10.9 second 1/4 mile time that Tesla states on their P90D specification page. When comparing the P90D timeslips to the P85D slips we have, the P90D clearly has some more low end grunt with a slightly better Read More
We have some initial testing of the Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous mode enabled. Using a VBOX we recorded a 0-60 MPH time of just 2.85 seconds making the P90D Ludicrous the quickest production sedan in the world to 60 MPH. All we can say is that if you plan on trying this at home, make sure and secure all of your items in the car before launch as things start to go flying around the cabin while pulling 1.1Gs.
Check out this Tesla vs Tesla battle between the all new Tesla P90D with Ludicrous mode running against the P85D with Insane mode. Tesla’s new Ludicrous option offers increased performance with 0-60 MPH coming up in just 2.8 seconds vs the 3.1 seconds required by Insane mode. Tesla also claims a 1/4 mile time of 10.9 seconds for the P90D with Ludicrous. We ran 11.6 @ 116 MPH earlier this year in a Tesla P85D and look forward to seeing the first Tesla break into the 10’s! Check out the video below: You can also check out a video of the P85D Read More
Check out two heads up races between a Tesla Model S P85D with Insane mode taking on a McLaren 650S Spider. While were used to seeing the Tesla P85D with it’s instant power (691HP), monster torque and all wheel drive take down just about any car off the line, the McLaren 650S is quite a monster off the line as well. Our last test with the McLaren 650S demonstrated it’s advanced launch control system with 0-60 MPH coming up in just 2.8 seconds with OEM tires on the street. With the Tesla’s robotic ability to hit 0-60 MPH in 3.1 Read More
Check out these races between a Tesla Model S P85D with Insane mode going heads up against a BMW i8. The first video has the two running heads up from a dead stop, with the Tesla pulling 0-60 MPH in just 3.2 seconds, the BMW falls quite a ways behind. In the 2nd video the two battle it out from a 15 MPH roll, 60 MPH roll and 40 MPH roll. Each time the Tesla’s huge instant torque advantage allow it get ahead with the BMW hanging on afterwards. On one of the last races the Tesla starts to get too hot, throws an error Read More
Check out this Tesla Model S P85D taking down multiple old school muscle cars at a 7.49 competition racing event at Piedmont Drag Strip. The Tesla did amazing well taking 3rd place out of 17 racing against street rods, trucks and numerous muscles cars a on pro tree. Check out the video below:
While we had trouble getting our Tesla Model S P85D to stay put on a Mustang Dyno back in January due to it’s massive amounts of instant torque, another Tesla P85D owner ran into similar but more destructive issues when trying to dyno his P85D. After going full power from a slow roll on an AWD dyno, the instant torque was measured at 700+ ft-lbs before breaking one of the dyno belts. On a previous run where they gradually applied power they measured 435HP and had the Tesla up to it’s 155 MPH top speed on the dyno. Check out the Read More
This video guide to coming out on top at the track is intended specifically for owners of the American-made Tesla S P85D. It is made by a Tesla owner who has seen some level of success at the drag strip, as you will see when this instructional becomes a “show-and-tell” project. Turbocharged Mustangs and supercharged Camaros beware; this full-electric all-wheel drive sedan has been known to embarrass opponents on race day. Allow me to set the stage: A sunny afternoon at Piedmont Dragway in Julian, North Carolina. A ground pounding turbocharged late-model Mustang rolls out amid smoke and lights. He Read More
Tesla recently released software version 6.2 which included release notes relating to the P85D’s top speed stating: “Your P85D can now perform high speed passing maneuvers up to 155MPH when battery energy, powertrain temperature, and road conditions allow”. This differs from the previous disclaimer (which has now been removed) that was posted on the Tesla website when the P85D deliveries started: “The P85D top speed is currently electronically-limited to 130 mph. In the coming months, we will be able to upgrade the car free of charge to enable a 155 mph top speed. Additionally, an over-the-air firmware upgrade to the Read More