Who Wins: Tesla Model S, or V8 Supercar?


Here in the Land of the Free and the Home of the absolutely Ludicrous Tesla Model S sedan, we already know that it’s best to just take your expensive man toys at home when a Tesla rolls up to the line next to you. Failure to do so will leave even the most powerful muscle cars looking foolish, but what happens when you line up a Model S alongside an honest-to-goodness race car?

That’s what the guys over at Australia’s Car Advice wanted to find out, so they brought a race-ready V8 Supercars spec. Holden to a closed racetrack, and lined it up alongside a freshly charged up Tesla Model S on full insanity mode.

You can probably guess what happens next, but try to pretend you’re surprised when you leave us a comment about the video in the comments section at the bottom of the page. And, since this is a post about Tesla, be sure to wear a flame suit if you mention the Model X or TSLA delivery figures for 2015. Trust me, you’ll need it!


Source | Images: Car Advice’ YouTube Channel.

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  • Masterpupil

    I feel like electric cars are in the stage where they are cool but not very useful, kind of like 4K TVs.

    • I have to admit, a Model S would be highly useful in my daily life.

  • Kevin

    Why on earth would you turn on the heater and heated seats when getting to race with your electric car???
    I was surprised at the ending. I blame the driver for a poor start.

    • Meh. If you build it right, that shouldn’t matter.

      • Kevin

        Remember, you want all “1.21 Gigawatts” going to the motor, and not to the (energy hog) heater and heated seats when attempting to race.

  • Haha, beautiful. The video is a must watch. The Tesla driver looked scared to death in the second race. 😀

  • Doug Meserve

    In this and another face-off video, I see that the Model S starts off much quicker, but then hits its top speed at a lower pace than the ICE hot-rods, which would allow the other cars to sail past it if given enough space. Is this a simple software-directed speed limit in action, or is there something fundamental, like the car sensing that the motors or battery are about to overheat?