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Tesla's Model S P100D With Ludicrous Mode Sets Acceleration Record

By Edge Ison , Feb 08, 2017 04:04 AM EST

Tesla has outdone itself with a new record for the fastest acceleration ever.

The Tesla Model S P100D went from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 2.275507139 seconds beating its own previous record of 2.389 seconds achieved last January as well as its promised 2.5-second acceleration speed. The P100D was able to reach the impressive acceleration speed thanks to its Ludicrous Plus mode which is an Ester Egg included in the latest software update.

Engadget stressed that no other production car has broken the 2.3-second mark in all the test runs that "Motor Trend" has conducted. The Tesla P100D also broke the 10.5-second quarter mile record in the process, according to Tech Crunch. "Motor Trend", however, pointed out that the Tesla P100D still has ways to go to match up with other supercars with better horsepower. The popular automobile magazine cited the Ferrari LaFerrari, the Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1 as examples. The Ferrari supercar can reach 70mph faster than the Tesla P100D by a tenth of a second. At 80mph, the Porsche and McLaren are faster than the Ludicrous+-powered Tesla Model S.

Another issue that "Motor Trend" discovered with the $134,500 electric supercar is its "jerkiness". Upon launch, the Tesla S P100D sort of "snaps [the] body" in a way that can't be done with production cars that are street-legal. The rate of change of acceleration is also not plausible with "normal tires and dry asphalt".

Tesla initially beat the Faraday Future FF91 as the car with fastest acceleration speed after the latter claimed to have done so in 2.39 seconds. After beating that record by a fraction of the second, Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed that an acceleration speed of 2.34 seconds was attainable. Musk was right and wrong at the same time. The P100D was indeed faster than the 2.389-second record it set in January but Musk was way off with his estimate - by 0.06 of a second.

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