If you're familiar with the Tesla Model S, you'll know it's a quick car. Its all-electric powertrain and all-wheel-drive system allow it to rocket up to speed in the blink of an eye. Tesla recently launched a software update for its fastest trim, the P100D, called "Ludicrous +," enabling even greater acceleration. But just how much faster is it? This owner took his Model S to the drag strip to find out.
, pilot of a brand new P100D equipped with Ludicrous + mode, decided to take his car to the 1/8th-mile drag strip to face off against some big-block Fords. Luckily, he brought a data recorder along, so we can see just how much improvement that little -sign software update makes.
The numbers are incremental, but staggering all the same. This particular car's 0-60 time drops from 2.5 to 2.389 seconds—pretty much dead-on with the 2.4 seconds Elon Musk claimed the update would do. Additionally, Tesla Racing Channel recorded a 0-100 time of just 6.2 seconds—more than a second faster than the equivalent P90D.
You can watch the runs for yourself below. On the first pass, the driver puts up a 6.72 in the 1/8th mile at 100.36 mph. A couple of runs later, he manages to bring that number down to a 6.694 at 100.34 mph. Astoundingly, the Model S might be the most consistent, easiest-to-launch factory drag car you can buy today.