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Video: Tesla Model S Plaid loses a drag race against a Ford Mustang

04-08-2021 10:00
Drag races against Tesla’s most powerful production car so far – the Model S Plaid – ceased almost as soon as they began. Just as promised, the electric flagship has enough thrust to outpace nearly every ICE supercar from standstill. Imagine our surprise when we witnessed this race.

Drag races against Tesla’s most powerful production car so far – the Model S Plaid – ceased almost as soon as they began. Just as promised, the electric flagship has enough thrust to outpace nearly every ICE supercar from standstill. Imagine our surprise when we witnessed this race.

This is actually the first time we saw the Plaid lose a quarter-mile race to a muscle car. Granted, the car in question was a mighty Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, but surely it could not outrun a battery car with heaps of instant torque? Let’s look into the reasons why.

The Model S Plaid packs a tri-motor powertrain rated at 1,033 PS (1,020 hp / 760 kW) and needs barely more than two seconds to go from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph). The stock Shelby is significantly weaker across the board with its 760 PS (750 hp / 559 kW) and a sprint time of 3.9 seconds.

However, this particular Shelby isn’t stock. Its 5.2-liter V8 under the hood enjoys a boost to well beyond 1,000 horsepower. Combined with an efficient transmission, this proved to be enough to outperform the Tesla in every single race – by inches, but still.



Editor Andrew Raspopov
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