Tesla Model S Plaid Drag Races Dodge Challenger – It Begins
While the rest of the industry is hopefully preparing a VE to match the performance of the Plaid – we don’t have a horse in this race, we just want to see healthy competition that results in really fast cars – here we have a very brave Dodge Challenger that accepted the … challenge (if it’s not the Challenger, so who else?) and lined up on the drag strip next to a Model S Plaid (the video description says it’s a Charger, but even though the quality is mediocre, it still looks like a Challenger to us).
Did the pilot think he could win it? Probably not. In fact, the fact that they took the plunge tells us that they were probably pretty nervous and knew they would have to get everything perfect to even start to think they had a chance. In reality, however, other than throwing an anti-tank mine in front of the vehicle next to them, there was absolutely nothing they could have done to win it over.
To make matters worse for the Dodge, judging by its elapsed time, it’s not even a Hellcat, but probably just an SRT8. However, looking at Tesla’s time (10.84), you can see that even an original Hellcat couldn’t have beaten it.
But wait a minute, 10.84 is nowhere near the kind of results Tesla teased about the Plaid before it was released. There were 9.24 second threads and trap speeds of nearly 155mph, so what’s up? Well, there are a few possible explanations.
First of all, maybe the Tesla driver was only after the win and wasn’t trying to see how fast the car could go, so once they knew the W was in the bag, they just let go and pushed as hard as possible to stay ahead. And then there is the more delicate situation which makes it a bit difficult to buy an S Plaid model with drag racing in mind.
According to NHRA and IHRA regulations, cars that cover the quarter mile in less than ten seconds must be equipped with, among other things, a roll bar and parachute, and the driver must wear a helmet and safety clothing. protection. This could explain the fact that the driver lifted the accelerator halfway through the race, adjusting the car’s performance so that it remained safely above the ten-second mark.
It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out because, as it stands, it pretty much forces Model S Plaid owners to choose between one or the other – run the car or use it. as expected. On the other hand, it can be a little difficult to get in and out, but imagine how cool kids would feel to be dropped off at school in a car with a safety cage and a parachute. Dad, on the other hand, might lose the racing suit and helmet, but knowing Dads, he probably wouldn’t.