The Tesla Model S P100D is the current reigning champion of 0-60 times. With a recent software update to "Ludicrous+" spec, Motor Trend measured the top-dog Tesla at a 0-60 of 2.275 seconds. That makes this the quickest-accelerating stock production vehicle in history.
How does the P100D do it? Traction plays a huge role—but traction is nothing without power. And until now, nobody really knew how much power the P100D was putting to the wheels.
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That's where Brooks from comes in. Brooks has been active online for years, posting drag racing and dyno videos of the many supercars he has access to. And when he upgraded from a P85D to a P100D, it was only a matter of time before he strapped it to a dyno.
Now, granted, dyno-testing a Tesla is a little different from a conventional car. As Brooks explains, an electric motor's all-the-torque-at-zero-RPM power delivery can wreak havoc on a dyno, since this equipment was designed to work with internal combustion engines that have to build up revs to hit peak power. As we saw back when Brooks dynoed his P85D, the Tesla's instant torque delivery meant the car had traction issues, squealing its tires on the dyno's rollers and making it tough to get an accurate reading.
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Of course, the P85D had a smaller battery and no Ludicrous+ mode. The challenges were only going to get bigger with the jump to P100D.
So let's cut to the chase: 588 horsepower and 920 lb-ft of torque at the wheels, in a bone-stock Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous+. But that might not be the final word: As Brooks explains, these dyno runs started from a roll, not a dead stop, due to the traction issues we mentioned above. Even then, the car briefly spun its wheels on the dyno rollers, meaning it momentarily made more power than the dyno could handle. Finally, these numbers came from the ninth consecutive dyno pull—meaning the car's battery wasn't at full charge.
In other words, the P100D might actually make even more power than those numbers Brooks recorded. And it's our belief that Tesla won't stop there.
Watch the full dyno video below: