It’s a husband-versus-wife duel unlike any other. After all, it’s first-time racer (wife) versus experienced racer (husband). And it’s also one Tesla sedan against a Tesla SUV/CUV.
The husband and wife team is behind the website Drag Times, and they decided that for Valentine’s Day, they were going to do something special that involves a lot of speed. The husband said they had gotten the 2016 Tesla Model X P90D Ludicrous, so wouldn’t it be cool to test it against another, slightly older Tesla?
That would be the 2015 Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous. And perhaps, being the gentleman that he is, he lets his driver race on the much newer Model X. Engaging the Ludicrous mode in a Tesla actually the car faster. In fact, Drag Times experts says that getting the $10,000 Ludicrous mode for your Tesla results in an added useable power of around 69 HP.
Prior to the series of drag races they performed in the Palm Beach International Raceway, the couple charged both cars to 100 percent to ensure maximum power. This took around 40 minutes in the Tesla Supercharger in West Palm Beach. The Model X typically consumes 28.3 kWh (Avg 440 Wh/mi) while the Model S utilizes 22.7 kWh (Avg 349 Wh/mi). The Model X’s higher energy consumption may be due to its extra weight, compared to the leaner Model S.
As the races got underway, Drag Times reports that the Model X is actually quite impressive, going from zero to 60 MPH in just 3.1 seconds. Meanwhile, VBOX data showed that the Model X also went from zero to 100 MPH in 7.9 seconds. During the race, it ran 1/4 mile 11.61 seconds while traveling at 116 MPH. As for the Model S, it managed to cover 1/4 mile in just 11.3 to 11.5 seconds while also running at a speed of 116 MPH.
In the end, Drag Times ruled that considering the weight differences between the two Tesla cars, the Model X can be making more power than the Model S. And perhaps, a software update is all the Model S needs to cover 1/4 mile in just 10.9 seconds. That happens to be the record Tesla has specified for the Model S P90D Ludicrous.