Tesla P85D Insane Mode vs McLaren 650S Spider

July 25th, 2015

p85d vs 650sCheck 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 seconds every time, it’s up to the McLaren to have a perfect launch to keep up with the Tesla from a stop.  Of course after the launch is over the lightweight McLaren puts some real distance between the two very quickly.

Keep in mind that Tesla has an update coming for the P85D to enable Ludicrous Mode which adds another 70HP along with additional highway power which will put the P85D at just 2.8 seconds from 0-60 MPH and a 1/4 mile time in the high 10’s.  This upcoming update will change the outcome of many races where the current Tesla typically gets beaten pretty bad at higher speeds.

Check out the video below along with some VBOX data showing how the Tesla pulls harder off the line for the first couple seconds.