Leave it to sports car maker Porsche to call it how it sees it. For them, the popular Ludicrous from Tesla is nothing special at all. In fact, its a mere “facade” that drains the car’s battery real fast.
“The thing about [Tesla’s] Ludicrous mode is that it’s a façade. Two launches saps the whole battery,” explained one of Porsche’s proud managers. About the said mode, Tesla said that its cars are able to run faster than they normally would. With normal performance, the Tesla Model S P90D can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. When you engage the Ludicrous mode, it cruises from zero to 60 mph in an impressive 2.8 seconds.
When it comes to the Tesla SUV Model X, its P90D goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. But when buyers opt for the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade, the model X can go from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds. While Porsche is not saying that Teslas aren’t able to run fast, it is definitely claiming the Tesla vehicles won’t be able to sustain the high speeds since they lose power easily. This, according to the Porsche manager, is what will set Porsche from the rest when it comes to electric cars.
“That won’t be the case with the Mission E. You’ll be able to run it hard, over and over; the battery will not overheat, the power control module will not overheat, and the seats will not suck,” revealed the unnamed Porsche manager to Automobile Magazine. Mission E is Porsche current code name for an electric car it’s developing.
As for speed and power, Mission E is expected to go flat out from zero in less than 3.5 seconds. It also seems it will be offered in powerful 600 hp as well as 500 hp and 400 hp versions.
“It’ll be something entirely different than any of its competitors, across the board,” promised Porsche manager. Meanwhile, a Porsche engineer also said that no matter what, the upcoming Mission E will be a “a true Porsche through and through.”
As for battery use, Mission E is expected to get recharged with the help of an integrative capacitive charging technology right in the underbelly of the car. With this, the car can get charged up to 80 percent in 15 minutes.
The Porsche Mission E is reportedly set to be launched in 2019. By then, it’s possible that Tesla may have already made improvements to its Ludicrous mode.