At this point, you would think that most drag racers are aware of just how quickly the higher tiers of Tesla’s offerings accelerate, and that if you want to beat one, you should make the race longer rather than shorter … but apparently most people are no longer capable of understanding even such basic things. Maybe it’s all the drugs people are on nowadays.
What exactly am I talking about here, you might be asking yourself? First of all, that videos of Teslas easily beating internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in drag races seem to keep appearing, over and over, despite the fact that the Tesla Model S has been on the market for quite a long time now. And secondly, the way that those who lose such drag races often don’t seem to be able to comprehend what happened, and often seem to whine quite a lot about it as well.
Without further to do, here’s a perfect example:
Green Car Reports provides some background on the video posted above: “Here, we have a prime example on video, as a Tesla Model S P100D crushes a handful of big, bad V-8 muscle cars somewhere in North Carolina. The video comes from Tesla Racing Channel, which has outfitted a Model S P100D with Mickey Thompson drag radials and lightweight BBS wheels, and then stripped out the interior to save weight. … Round after round, the Tesla walks over turbocharged V-8 machines equipped with nitrous-oxide tank, including two Ford Mustangs, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, a Chevrolet S-10, and a Chevrolet Camaro.
“After clinching its final win, one last challenger emerges for the Model S P100D — another Camaro. For some reason, the cocky driver invokes a ‘break’ for the Tesla driver, which means the P100D may take off whenever it wants and the Camaro must match its reaction. A silly move, no doubt, noting the P100D’s all-wheel-drive system, launch control, and copious amounts of torque.
“Following yet another win for the Model S, things start to go south after a few drivers begin to show extreme displeasure with the Tesla’s performance. Not one of the insults flung at the driver and the Tesla sticks particularly well — that last Camaro challenger even whines about the head start he allowed for — but it shows how upsetting it may be to see a loud, proud V-8 engine fall victim to a near-silent, whirring, and very fast electric car.”
Again, as noted earlier in the article, why wouldn’t someone have the most basic of knowledge about a Model S they’re competing against at this point? A Tesla can certainly be beaten in a race, just not a short one … shouldn’t someone bother to know what they are getting into beforehand? Are people becoming less and less capable of actually thinking?