Warm-Up Lap: Tesla Model S P85D vs. Ferrari

Elon Musk had one goal for his electric supercar; match the bonkers acceleration of the McLaren F1. With a 3.2 second run from 0 to 60 MPH, the Tesla Model S P85D is faster that most anything on the road, including the unsuspecting Ferrari featured in this video.

That’s the power of instant torque, which sends every last lb-ft to all four wheels in the first all-wheel drive vehicle Tesla has produced. I put together a whole long list of supercars Model S owners need not fear out on the open road, and this unspecified Ferrari just doesn’t seem to have what it takes to keep pace with the P85D. But just what sort of car is capable of keeping up with Elon’s masterpiece?

According to this video description, the Lamborghini Aventador just might be up to the task, although only just barely check out this description from the video’s uploader to see what I mean.

We pitted the car’s acceleration against other cars. It pretty much beat everything at the car show (Ferraris and R8s didn’t stand a chance). So I had to pit it against my Aventador, which does 0-60 in 2.8-2.9 seconds. Tesla P85D does it in 3.1-3.2 seconds. Right off the bat, the Tesla got ahead. It gets a good maybe half a car length ahead before the Aventador grips fully and starts hauling. So we decided to make it fairer and only accelerate the Tesla when the Aventador grips and starts moving. That’s when we truly got both cars to start moving at roughly the same time.

Drag Race Results (Note: This was completely casual and not in anyway in ideal, scientific conditions – the Aventador was not doing launch control): The Tesla pulled ahead in the beginning by about the hood length. But Tesla never got a chance to pull away. Instead, the Aventador kept up and was slowly cutting the difference between them with each gear shift. By the 50-60 mph, the Aventador caught up. By the 85 mph mark, the Aventador was half a car length ahead and the Tesla was only at 70-75 mph. So from around 0-60, the Aventador and Tesla P85D were pretty much neck and neck. But from 0-30 or so… the Tesla beat the Aventador. This gives you a general idea of how ridiculously fast the P85D is at the jump.

That pretty much sums it up. Elon Musk hasn’t just created a cool car, or an electric one; he’s created a car so fast that even some of the biggest names in the supercar world have a hard time keeping up.

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.