The Tesla Model S, with its Ludicrous Easter Egg mode, can beat million-dollar Ferraris and Porsches off the line.
The 580 hp Turbo S only needed 0.2s to reach the 1-foot mark, but was only doing 11.7 miles per hour at that point. The Tesla's launch control mode is also particularly potent, cooling down the motors via the air-conditioning system and slightly heating the batteries between each and every run to ensure optimum acceleration. Firstly, the latest firmware is required - v8.0 release 2.52.22, then in the Acceleration section under the Settings menu, the "Ludicrous" button is to be held for five seconds.
The P100D was launched last fall, but the Motor Trend test was completed only recently. Motor Trend performed the test in a P100D equipped with Ludicrous Mode, which will set you back a cool $137,800.
The Tesla Model S P100D was pitted against the Porsche 911 Turbo S as well as the Ferrari LaFerrari and like all the other races, the Model S kept its lead all the way. Once this setting is primed, the driver can utilise a "launch control" sequence with the brake and accelerator pedals to move the auto at maximum possible acceleration.
Although the S P100D's acceleration times are impressive for a stock electric vehicle, Motor Trend said it loses its advantage to other supercars at higher speeds, where horsepower wins out over instant torque.
Cite all the super fast cars that you can think of: LaFerrari, McLaren P1, Porsche's 918 Spyder, Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. But around town, everybody has long since lifted off the accelerator pedal. It's the rate of change of acceleration.
In Motor Trend's acceleration test, the 2017 Tesla Model S P100D in Ludicrous+ mode set a new world record for zero to 60 acceleration at less than 2.3 seconds, a barrier crossed by no previously tested street legal auto.
Musk noted you could shave another couple hundredths off the time by taking out the floor mats and trunk liner.