The Art Of Drag Racing In The Rain: Tesla P100D w/Ludicrous

The people at Drag Times make their living at the drag strip. It’s what they do. A few weeks ago, they took delivery of one of the hottest cars on the planet, the all new Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous option. With its 100 kWh battery, the Plood, as it is known to the Teslascenti, is the biggest, baddest, quickest, and most expensive Model S to date.

Teslan P100D in the rain

Those who dream in Teslacolor salivate at the idea of bigger and bigger batteries but Elon Musk says the 100 kWh unit is probably as big as batteries are going to get. There are all sorts of constraints that militate against making bigger batteries, including cost, size, and complex cooling requirements.

Much to the consternation of the Drag Times team, it has been raining in their area ever since they took delivery of their latest Tesla, so running the car at the drag strip has been impossible. But they noticed something interesting while driving back and forth to the track. The P100D is a road rocket even in the rain. Somehow, some way, Tesla has figured out how to make the car grip like crazy even on wet pavement.

Why that should be is not exactly clear, but the gang loaded their car up with cameras to document the proceedings, then headed out for some pedal to the metal runs on wet asphalt. In the accompanying video, the external camera documents that there is not the slightest hint of wheel spin, even when the driver whistles down to the engine room for maximum power.

When Launch Mode is engaged, the car squats on the suspension like Usain Bolt hunkering down in the starting blocks, then proceeds to rip off 0 to 60 runs of 2.72 seconds, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the pavement is rain soaked. As the crew says, Tesla seems to have baked some kind of super traction control into the P100D. These sorts of times under less than ideal circumstances are nothing short of amazing.

Enjoy the video!

Hat tip to Inside EVs

Steve Hanley

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