Published on February 9th, 2015 | by James Ayre


Tesla P85D Cellphone Test — Instant Torque In Action (Video)

February 9th, 2015 by  

If you haven’t had the good fortune yet to ride in a Tesla Model S P85D when it’s going all out but want to really get some idea of what it’s like, well, I’ve got just the thing for you.

A video demonstrating the ability of the model to accelerate so fast that it can pin an iPhone to the back seat for ~5 seconds. No editing tricks or anything like that — just exactly what it sounds like. Here it is:

On that note, I should probably direct you to some related videos while we’re on the subject — Watch People React To The Tesla Model S P85D Launch and Tesla Model S P85D Makes These Ladies Giddy (VIDEO) are particularly good/funny.

Gas2 provides some thoughts on this latest one:

As you can clearly see, the 689 lb-ft of torque (or nearly 900 lb-ft according to some dyno runs) available at 0 RPM creates enough 1.2 g’s of lateral acceleration to pin an iPhone to the back seat….and there it stays for more than a few seconds.

All told, the iPhone stays pinned to the back seat for about 5 seconds, and this isn’t the sort of trick you can replicate in just any car. Even the fastest, thirstiest, and most expensive, combustion cars will never, ever, be able to match the instant torque of an electric motor. That’s why other automakers are scrambling to rush out their own all-electric competitors to the Tesla Model S, fulfilling Elon Musk’s dream of a future where electric cars are just as popular as they are potent.

So I guess the takeaway of all of this is that, if you are lucky enough to get to ride around in a Tesla Model S P85D (somewhere without speed limits perhaps…), then make sure that you buckle up and secure any loose items. Perhaps the same protocol as used by jet pilots?

Complete our 2017 CleanTechnica Reader Survey — have your opinions, preferences, and deepest wishes heard.

Check out our 93-page EV report, based on over 2,000 surveys collected from EV drivers in 49 of 50 US states, 26 European countries, and 9 Canadian provinces.

Tags: ,

About the Author

's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

  • globi

    Even the fastest, thirstiest, and most expensive, combustion cars
    will never, ever, be able to match the instant torque of an electric

    Come on, of course they can provide instant torque. Granted electric drive systems are far more elegant and emission free, but one just needs to keep the rpm of a combustion engine at a certain level and drop the clutch. Instant torque and off it goes:

    Besides, there used to be a clutch less combustion system which indeed did provide instant torque (and lots of it). It was called a rocket drag axle: A rocket engine which would directly drive the rear axle.

    • Bob_Wallace

      How many runs per clutch?

      • globi

        It’s not necessarily the clutch that gets abused (because it engages instantly), but the tires.
        It’s true that internal combustion engines cannot provide instant torque by themselves but that’s why these cars come with a clutch (manual) or a torque converter (automatic) in addition to a gearbox of course.
        (As opposed to an electric motor, an internal combustion engine needs two additional systems in order to be able to provide instant torque.)

Back to Top ↑