February 18, 2013
Telsla Model S: Performance Tested, Road Approved
Recently, I wrote about the Tesla Model S that was dyno-tested by Drag Times. Well, Drag Times is at it again. They took the fully electric Model S and performance tested it against none other than the Dodge Viper SRT10; one of the quickest streetcars in production.
Yes, you heard me right. They raced a 600 HP, V-10 Viper SRT10 in a quarter mile shootout.
This performance test information was acquired in cooperation with our friends at Top Speed.
The results are in, and it was like, wow!!! Especially for an electric car. The Tesla sped down the track in 12.371 seconds at speed of 110.84 mph. Then it was also tested from 0 – 60 mph and was clocked at 3.9 seconds, which is .5 seconds faster than Tesla published it to do.
Now you are thinking, what about the Viper? The video says it all. The Tesla got the hole shot and never looked back, beating the viper to the line.
Road test from D.C. to Boston: CNN Money recently drove a Tesla Model S fully electric car from D.C. to Boston and here is what they disclosed.
Driving a fully electric car long distance takes a lot of planning, thought and commitment. Tesla was contacted before they embarked on their journey. When you drive a gas-powered car, you don’t need to call engineers before deciding your route.
The Model S is equipped with a supercharger for recharging the battery, which takes about an hour, a lot less time than an ordinary recharge on most other electric vehicles. However, it’s a lot longer than filling a tank of gas. Fully charged, the Model S can go about 270 miles.
Charging stops were also their lunch and dinner stops. The only problem they were limited to rest stop food. At least the electricity was free.
The experience was not what they expected; they expected it to be more annoying and restrictive. In fact, it was not any worse than a long trip in a gas-powered vehicle.
The trip took one day. The weather was warm, helping the distance between charges. Cold temperatures will reduce the range by about four percent, according to Tesla.
Tesla offered advice to help with the success of the trip. Fully charge the vehicle and set the car up for maximum range. Maintain speeds between 60 and 65 mph. Set the climate control to 72 degrees and keep the car in Eco mode. Once they had to detour around New York traffic, and were advised to slow down a bit more.
They thought the car was phenomenal and well worth the price. It has performance and luxury equal to gas powered luxury cars like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.
There were a few minor incidences early in the trip. The driver’s side door began sticking and the touch screen that operates most of the car’s functions froze. Tesla was able to fix both mishaps in minutes.
There was a 200 mile stretch of highway with no supercharging stations available, which caused a bit of a sweat. Tesla is working on placing more superchargers around, to give drivers more flexibility.
During the times they were charging their Tesla, no other Tesla’s were getting charged, and that made them feel special.
There were a few times when range was not an issue so they pushed the car a little more than it was suggested. The performance of the car made it enjoyable to drive.
Image Credit: TopSpeed.com