This vs That – Tesla Model S Plaid vs 130HP Yamaha Banshee Rail Job

February 22nd, 2022

Today, we have an unorthodox matchup between what is being billed as the World’s Fastest Production Vehicle and what is essentially a souped-up motorcycle engine on a bare frame. The powerful Tesla – which tips the scale at nearly two-and-a-half-tons – will be challenged by the speedy four-wheeler which weighs only 260-pounds. Let’s take a closer look.

The Tesla Model S Plaid is powered by a trio of electric motors fed by a series of lithium-ion batteries. The batteries cover the floor pan of the sedan, giving it a low center of gravity, but they are very heavy. Regardless, the Plaid can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 1.99-seconds and can turn the quarter-mile in just 9-seconds at 155 mph. This car has been dyno certified at 1,100whp. That’s fast. Question is: Can it cover the 500-foot drag race course quicker than the skeletonized Yamaha?

The Yamaha Banshee is a stripped down version of a popular recreational vehicle. Pretty fast in stock trim, this thing takes it to a whole new level. The stock Banshee has approximately 43hp. This death trap is making 130hp. Originally designed for round track racing, these guys have got this thing setup to run the drag racing course. Can they finish in one piece?

The Banshee has the power-to-weight ration advantage at a rate of .5hp per pound to .221hp per pound for the Tesla. The Plaid is all-wheel drive and the Banshee is rear-wheel drive.

So, what are we waiting for – let’s race!