Since not everyone can afford a Tesla Model S P90D, or a Dodge Hellcat, but a great many people who can’t afford them still love them, we occasionally end up with somewhat strange (but endearing) labors of love like the one below.
I’m talking here about a video of a drag race between a Tesla P90D and a Dodge Hellcat… well, not between the actual cars, but between Hot Wheels and a Matchbox 1/64th scale toys. (A drag race that took over 6 hours to put together, though! So give credit where credit is due.)
The toy drag race was actually put together by a former Tesla Fremont factory worker, apparently, with help from an enthusiastic friend — so, thanks Shaun and D-Wizz!
Teslarati actually did an interview with the two guys involved, so here’s some from that:
Shaun told me in an exclusive interview that he has been a Tesla fanboi since he worked at the Fremont assembly plant as a PLC programmer during a factory upgrade.
“When Elon Musk announced the P90D, he used the phrase ‘faster than falling.’ This reminded me of an old saying, ‘Your car would only be faster than mine if you dropped it off a cliff,’ which no longer applies to anyone with Ludicrous mode. That’s what gave me the idea for this video. The Hellcat was chosen as it was a favorite to battle the P85D in real life and I find the Dodge Challenger the best looking modern muscle car.”
D-Wizz adds, “I’ve loved the Tesla concept since the beginning. I was a fan when everybody thought it was a joke or another electric car fad. As far as I’m concerned, its the future of transport and I can’t wait to see every new model – even the “Maximum Plaid” mode in the announced roadster. Shaun came to me with the idea for the video and, off course, we had had to find a few hours in our busy schedules to crash some toy cars in slow motion!”
Putting the video together was not a “one and done” proposition. Shaun says, “Engineering the Tesla to win by the margin we estimated took a lot of trial and error. We can’t give away all the secrets, but at the end of the day, even at 1/64th scale, I think every one knows why the Tesla won — Ludicrous speed!”
Not all fun and games, I guess — serious and educational work after all.