Even without the much-feared “Ludicrous Mode,” Tesla’s Model 3 Performance version is creating some jaw-dropping scenes at drag race venues.
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Erik Strait took a Tesla Model 3 Performance for a few 1/4 mile drag races and the results were really impressive — racing a Tesla Model X P100DL, Model 3 lost by a difference of only 0.1 second.
According to Erik, Model X and Model 3 were charged to 75% and 98%, respectively, before the race began. The thing to remember here is that the Model X was a Performance 100 kWh racing with Ludicrous Mode (P100DL).
Later in the video we can see that the dual-motor Tesla Model 3 Performance smoked an old souped-up car and a Chevrolet Camaro SS, which is not a stock vehicle as well.
Camaro SS lost the 1/4 mile drag race to the Model 3 Performance by 1.093 seconds — and don’t forget, a full second difference means a lot in a quarter-mile drag race.
Previously, a RWD Model 3 broke its own quarter-mile record set by the Motor Trend testing team. The best quarter-mile finish by a rear-wheel-drive Model 3 is 13.330 sec @ 104.07 mph.
Model 3 Performance is on a whole new level when it comes to acceleration — in the three drag races in the above video, Erik’s Model 3 Performance finished the quarter-mile in 11.762 sec @ 115.2 mph which really reflects Tesla‘s exemplary engineering chops.
In a previous attempt, Erik also took the Performance Model 3 to the track to race against a McLaren 570S Spider, which is a purpose-built racing machine that costs around $200,000 — the price of two Performance Model 3s plus one Standard Model 3.
That said, in two attempts, Erik was able to get as close as possible and lost by a difference of 0.167 second and 0.208 only.