Which is faster: the Tesla Model S or a Boeing 737? [w/video]

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 17, 2016

Unbelievably, an electric car has been on the run beating all sorts of muscle cars and supercars in various drag races. This electric car is specially produced by American automotive and energy storage company, Tesla. The Tesla Model S has been considered a great competitor in the field of drag racing because of its capability to launch from 0 to 60 mph in just a matter of 2.8 seconds with the P90D version.

Meanwhile, sprinting to this speed takes 4.2 seconds and 5.2 seconds, for the 90D and 70D, respectively. It has a top speed of 155 mph for both the P90D and 90D versions, and 140 mph with the 70D.

Now all this will not be possible if not for its 70 kWh battery pack. Recently, someone came up with the idea for the Tesla Model S to race with something other the usual drag racing cars. For their joint promotion, Tesla and Australian national airline Qantas have decided to pit the greatest rivals of all time – the Tesla Model S and a Boeing 737 into a drag racing event. That’s something out of the ordinary, right?

Two different types of vehicles with different capabilities and power were pitted against each other in the arena of speed dominance. The match of the year took place at the Avalon Airport in the southwest portion of Melbourne, Australia.

Tesla’s Model S used during the match was a P90D on its “Ludicrous Mode” – meaning, it had an upgrade such as a 90 kWh battery pack, an all-wheel drive and a monstrous 762 horsepower, an ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just a matter of 2.8 seconds, and the ability to cover a quarter mile in only 10.9 seconds. The Qantas Boeing 737-800 was packed with two massive jet engines that are able to produce 50,000 pounds of thrust.

It’s not one of the fastest airbuses but the Boeing 737 is able to cruise at a speed of 528 mph and reach a top speed of Mach .82. The Model S actually does not have any problems with pulling away from the 737 at the start of the race because of instantaneous delivery of electric power, all-wheel drive grip and a lower weight. However, it doesn’t take long for the Boeing 737 to take the lead. In a drag racing competition between a car and an airplane, the length of the run is the most important part.

Physics will tell us that a plane is faster than a car but a car’s acceleration is always quicker than that of an airplane. Moreover, a jet aircraft is heavier than a car but the power of an aircraft’s engine like that of a Boeing 737 is capable of overcoming its weight.

Sometimes we do not feel the speed of an airborne aircraft due to the laws of physics but it can definitely double its speed compared to that of any of the fastest production cars in the world. And to date, the Tesla Model S P90D is still the world’s quickest four-door electric car out in the market.

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