Warm-Up Lap: Tesla P85D Breaks The Dyno

We’ve all seen the power of the Tesla P85D demonstrated on the drag strip time and again, giving those old gas guzzlers a real run for their money. While the drivetrain of the P85D was designed to withstand 700 lb-ft of torque, your standard dynamometer or “dyno” as it is typically called, is designed with combustion engines in mind. What happens when the two come together? One of them breaks, and it ain’t the Tesla.

We’ve seen a few videos of Teslas and dynos not getting along, as measuring the torque and power of an electric car can prove difficult for dynos. Earlier re reported that one dyno mistakenly claimed that the P85D had over 850 lb-ft of torque, and another dyno said that the P85+ made over 2000 lb-ft of torque.

This time though, the consequences were more than just a misreading. The P85D goes from a slow roll to full power, and dumping 700 lb-ft of instant torque onto the dyno and breaking one of the dyno belts.

That says it all, folks.

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.