A Tesla Model S Performance debunked the myth about its lack of repeatable performance in a drag race against a Lamborghini Aventador. Mat Watson from YouTube Channel carwow challenged Yianni from Yiannimize to a drag race battle. The results revealed how far Tesla has come with its Model S Performance Raven and could be an indication of what to expect in the future from the EV automaker.
The stats for Waston's Tesla Model S Performance are shown in the picture below.
While the stats for Yianni's Lamborghini Aventador are shown in the following image:
The Model S Performance vs. Lamborghini Aventador drag race involved three runs. In the first run, both drivers seemed to have a good start. Yianni struggled a bit with the traction of his Aventador's wheels on the road, which helped the Model S Performance gain a solid lead. Yianni eventually started gaining on Watson, but it wasn't enough. In the first run, the Tesla finished the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds while the Lamborghini finished at 10.8 seconds.
Yianni wanted another go at Watson's Tesla because his tires were too cold and had little to no traction during the first run. In the second run, the Aventador had a better start, but the Tesla was still able to get a small lead. However, Yianni closed the gap between his Lamborghini and Waston's Tesla near the end of the drag strip.
It appeared that the Model S Performance would lose the second run, but it actually tied with the Aventador. Both vehicles finished the race at approximately 10.6 seconds.
Watson said that Yianni had a better start during the second run, which may be why the Tesla Model S Performance's time was .1 second slower than the first race. However, the similar time results of the Tesla Model S Performance was enough to debunk the myth of its alleged lack of repeatable performance.
There are many people who believe that the Model S'—whether its the P100D, the Raven, or other variant—performance diminishes after consecutive runs on a drag strip. Many "tests" from professional auto experts have apparently yielded results proving that the Model S can not maintain its performance during consecutive runs.
Waston's drag race with Yianni seems to say otherwise. In their third run, the Aventador's tires were warm, if not scalding hot after two consecutive quarter-mile races. If the Model S' "no repeatable performance" myth was true, it should have yielded a much slower time than the first two runs.
However, the Tesla Model S Performance had a good start, zipped through the drag strip, and maintained a strong lead throughout the entire third run. This meant that the Model S actually got faster in its third run. Tesla's premium sedan gave Waston a win, finishing the quarter-mile at 10.4 seconds. The Model S actually did better by .1 second in its third run.
What is remarkable is that the Raven Model S is only the fastest Tesla for now. Provided that there will be no delays, the Model S Plaid, which Elon Musk says is equipped with "alien" technology. That's a variant of the Model S that completely decimated the Porsche Taycan on the Nurburgring. And this is just the Model S. The next-generation Tesla Roadster is coming too. That's a car that Elon Musk dubbed as a hardcore smackdown to gasoline powered cars. With this in mind, Tesla drag races in the next few years will likely be very, very interesting.
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