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Is The Tesla S P100D The New Supercar? 0-60mph in Only 2.389 Seconds

Although the Tesla S P100D hasn't posted any official record times recently, online reports using the Ludicrous and Insane modes are showing unofficial record beating times.
Posted: January 26, 2017 - 5:24AM
Author: Dave Ashton

As shown in the video below, the Tesla Racing Channel have recorded times for a P100D as low as 2.389 seconds for 0-60mph, running down the eighth mile when using Insane Mode. Impressive stuff, especially when you consider the rest of the supercar market with the likes of a Bugatti Chiron or a Koenigsegg One 1 which the Tesla has beaten easily. Other contenders such as the Audi R8 V10 are also nowhere near the times of the Tesla and what it now can produce. The other happy takeaway is that the Tesla is aimed at being a mass production vehicle, not a touch sensitive or volatile supercar.

Although the Tesla is now showing to be quicker off the line than even a supercar, it won't be able to keep up that acceleration for long. Gas powered vehicles can still hit and maintain top speed for far longer than an EV vehicle and using the fullbore ludicrous and insane modes may even be damaging to the vehicle in the long run as Tesla are adding limits to the amount of times you can use both modes. Constantly fast acceleration will also vastly drain the battery, but with Tesla's constant innovations, especially with their hardware 2, it's likely that the performance side of Tesla will become more of a focus as time goes by. Creeping down the sub two second times seems to be the way forward for Tesla and it's not going to hurt their reputation any by constantly comparing these times to the best of the performance market.

The range of Tesla vehicles is also creeping up all the time with a Model S currently having a range of 335 miles, which is verging on the range of a regular gasoline powered vehicle on a full tank. Lots of sprints off the start line will dramatically reduce this range, maybe another reason for the supposed limits on the ludicrous and insane modes Tesla have put on their vehicles.

Aimed at being a mass production vehicle, the Tesla also benefits from all the luxuries and interior space of a regular sedan. Supercars are spectacular eye candy, but the realities are usually cramped interiors and usually a maintenance bill that could fund many people's college education. The Tesla and regular supercars are obviously in two completely different markets, but having a vehicle that is potentially as fast off the line as a supercar is very appealing. Saying that the Tesla may be the new supercar maybe a push at best as many other factors come into play, however owning a vehicle which you can commute to work with and potentially set high speed times with must give anybody joy.