Video: Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous Plus breaks quarter-mile record by running 10.726 seconds

Article by Christian A., on February 1, 2017

Meet the fastest-accelerating four-door production car in the planet. No, it is not a Lamborghini, a Ferrari or a Porsche. It is an updated Tesla Model S. This was proven during a recent drag race against a Cadillac CTS-V.

Actually, the Model S is already certified as the quickest four-door production car when it managed to complete the quarter-mile run in just 10.76 seconds in September 2016. This particular Model S is the top-of-the-range P100D version that employs a 100-kWh battery pack and the game-changing Ludicrous mode. In theory, the Model S P100D with Ludicrous could go as quickly as 2.5 seconds in the zero to 60 mph sprint. In the September quarter-mile run, an industrial generator was used by a team of Tesla enthusiasts in order to achieve the absolute best time possible -- by doing drag runs at 100-percent state of charge.

But recently, Tesla Motors launched a software update for the P100D version – the Ludicrous Plus. This update furthers unlocks the capabilities of the Tesla Model S P100D. When the Ludicrous Plus mode is activated – done by pressing the “Ludicrous” button on the settings screen for five seconds – the temperature of the 100-kWh battery pack is raised to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, the max power output from the electric motors of the Tesla Model is further increased by an estimated 30 hp.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk claimed that the Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous Plus mode could accelerate from standstill to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. That makes the Tesla Model S P100D on par in terms of quickness with the Ferrari LaFerrari, which could also sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. However, there aretwo production cars that are quicker than the Tesla Model S P100D on the sprint – the Porsche 918 at 2.2 seconds and the Ariel Atom V8 at 2.3 seconds. But that still makes the Tesla Model S P100D the quickest four-door production car so far.

Musk also claimed that it is possible to complete a quarter mile in just 10.6 seconds. Of course, Musk’s claims are all theoretical, which means that for these times to be achieved in the real world, there is a need for perfect road and temperature. At this sprint time, it should be able to break its own drag race record set in September 2016 – and that is exactly what it did.

On a cold night at Palm Beach International Raceway, a Tesla Model S P100D was able to outrun a Cadillac CTS-V, recording a quarter-mile time of 10.726 seconds and a top speed of 120.27 mph. On the other hand, the Cadillac CTS-V completed the quarter mile in 14.968 seconds and achieved a top speed of 72.49 mph.

Of course, for this record to become official, it still needs to be certified. Nonetheless, the Tesla Model S P100D has become the 12th quickest production car in the quarter mile. Moreover, it is still the quickest four-door production car on the drag.

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