Published on January 29th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
Video: Tesla Model S Beats Viper At Drag Strip, Sets EV Racing Record
Most electric vehicles are slow, practical affairs designed for a pedestrian life of going from point A to point B in a leisurely, efficient fashion. But not the Tesla Model S, a performance electric sedan that has the same acceleration as many supercars. Don’t believe us? Watch this video of a Model S sedan handily defeating a Dodge Viper SRT10 at the drag strip this past weekend.
With 416 horsepower and 443 ft-lbs of torque, the Tesla Model S may not pack quite as much power as the Viper in terms of raw torque. To be clear, this isn’t the all-new, 2013 SRT Viper, but an older (though nearly as powerful) Viper model. But the delivery of the power in the Model S is smooth and instant, giving the Tesla a head start off of the line. The Tesla driver never looks back, covering a quarter-mile in 12.37 seconds at 110.84 mph, and going from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
That is with upgraded 21-inch rims and a racing weight of 4,670 pounds (4,870 with a driver). So to recap; a more than two-ton electric car with seating for the whole family and a bevy of luxury features managed to beat a purpose-built sports car in heads-up drag racing. Oh, and the Tesla set a new drag racing world record for production EVs. The National Electric Drag Racing Association held its season-opening race this weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway, where this Tesla set the record, and now we’re looking forward to the next NEDRA event even more.
Just imagine what Tesla will do if they follow through on their proposed pure-electric sports car? Viper owners everywhere, beware…and Corvette owners, you’re next!