Originally posted on CleanTechnica
I don’t condone street racing in any way, shape, or form. That said, Tesla Model S P85D owners nationwide have put out plenty of videos of their 691 horsepower electric supercars racing, and beating, a whole host of respectable competition. The latest video to emerge on YouTube shows the Tesla P85D trying to keep up with the feared, $400,000 Lamborghini Murcielago.
The bull-branded Italian supercar boasts a 670 horsepower V12 engine, making it the perfect ambassador for the world of conventional engines. That’s just a few ponies shy of the 691 horsepower of the Model S, and both cars benefit from some of the most advanced all-wheel drive systems in the world. But the one area the Lamborghini holds a huge advantage over the Tesla in is weight, coming in at a comparatively svelte 3,600 pounds to the P85D’s 4,900 pounds.
That 1,300 pound weight advantage (which is about how much the battery pack weighs) makes all the difference in this impromptu contest of speed, and the Murcielago also has a much higher top speed. The Model S is normally limited to just 130 MPH though the P85D can reach up to 155 before an electronic limiter kicks in. The Murciélago LP 670–4 SuperVeloce had a claimed top speed of 212 MPH, and while it didn’t come anywhere close to those speeds on public streets, both cars almost certanly hit triple digits. However, the P85D is comparitively cheap, with an average MSRP around $140,000 compared to the Lamborghini, which rans between $350,000 and $450,000 when it was produced. On the used supercar market, they’re still fetching figures far beyond what the P85D costs.
So Tesla has that going for it, which is nice.
But remember kids, street racing is bad. These two knuckleheads could easily end up like this idiot in a heartbeat, and all the money in the world can’t bring somebody back from the dead. I know, it’s exciting to get a new car and go race it, and with the dwindling number of legit drag strips to race at, arranging a legal race is much, much harder than it ought to be. It’s one thing to surprise your friends with instant torque though, and another to engage in a race that greatly heightens the chance for a serious accident.
With great horsepower comes great responsibility, and I don’t want to have to write a story about a street racing Tesla owner who plows into a minivan full of nuns on their way to deliver orphans to a new family. Keep it to the track like this Challenger Hellcat-beating Tesla owner.
Imagine Elon Musk trying to explain that one way.