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Tesla P85D Breaks A Dynamometer (Video)

Tesla’s P85D is quite the car, as I’m sure you’ve heard us state many times since its release. And we’ve posted quite a few videos showcasing the electric car’s impressive performance. But, have we ever posted a video of Tesla’s offering literally breaking a dynamometer (a “dyno,” a tool used for determining/measuring torque, amongst other things)? No, we haven’t… Until now, of course. It’s really quite a funny video in a way. Enjoy.

Our sister site Gas2 provides some related information on the subject of Tesla’s P85D and dynos:

While the drivetrain of the P85D was designed to withstand 700 lb-ft of torque, your standard dynamometer or “dyno” as it is typically called, is designed with combustion engines in mind. What happens when the two come together? One of them breaks, and it ain’t the Tesla.

We’ve seen a few videos of Teslas and dynos not getting along, as measuring the torque and power of an electric car can prove difficult for dynos. Earlier we reported that one dyno mistakenly claimed that the P85D had over 850 lb-ft of torque, and another dyno said that the P85+ made over 2000 lb-ft of torque. This time though, the consequences were more than just a misreading. The P85D goes from a slow roll to full power, and dumping 700 lb-ft of instant torque onto the dyno and breaking one of the dyno belts.

That says it all, folks.

Who can argue with that? I admit, though, that every time I see one of these videos showing off the P85D that I almost want to argue with an owner, simply as an attempt to trick them into letting me test drive their car — and by “drive,” I mean speed around in it aggressively. Maybe that’s why they don’t let me drive them?

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James Ayre'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.


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