There isn’t any doubt that the Tesla Mannequin three is a fast automotive. Due to the moment torque supplied by its electrical motors, even the car’s most conservative variant — the Mid Vary Mannequin three RWD — boasts acceleration that’s in the identical ballpark as entry-level muscle vehicles just like the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. The Mannequin three Efficiency, the electrical automotive’s top-tier variant, is nearly uncannily fast with a Zero-60 time of three.three seconds. That’s closing in on supercar territory.
Because the Mannequin three began rolling off the Fremont manufacturing facility en masse, the variety of drag racing movies showcasing the electrical sedan has risen. As house owners of the car rapidly discovered, in any case, the Mannequin three shares quite a lot of the DNA current in its two bigger siblings — the Mannequin S and the Mannequin X — which implies that they’re a pressure to be reckoned with on the drag strip. To date, although, the overwhelming majority of Mannequin three drag races that might be discovered on-line contain the car’s Efficiency model.
What has principally been elusive are drag races involving the Mannequin three’s mid-tier variant — the common, non-Efficiency AWD. Identical to the Efficiency model, the common Mannequin three AWD is supplied with twin motors. The car is sort of fast by itself proper too, with a Zero-60 mph time of four.5 seconds and a prime velocity of 145 mph. Beginning at $53,000 earlier than choices similar to Autopilot, it might virtually be mentioned that the non-Efficiency Mannequin three AWD is essentially the most bang-for-your-buck, if not a tad bit underrated, trim of the electrical sedan.
Whereas races involving the common Mannequin three AWD are fairly uncommon, certainly one of YouTube’s auto-themed channels, 7zerex, has shared what might very properly be the juiciest assortment of drag races that includes the non-Efficiency Mannequin three AWD thus far. Within the video, a white Mannequin three AWD might be seen difficult plenty of formidable opponents, together with muscle vehicles like Ford Mustangs and tuned imports just like the Subaru Impreza. One run even concerned a battle with what seemed to be a traditional tuned Nissan Skyline GTR.
As might be seen within the video, the non-Efficiency Mannequin three AWD haunted its opponents, beating each off the road and pulling exhausting till the top of the 1/Eight mile. Additionally notable within the drag races’ outcomes had been the consistency of the Mannequin three’s outcomes. In every of its races, the electrical sedan was capable of full its runs within the low 8s. That’s not too removed from the outcomes of the Mannequin three Efficiency, which normally runs the 1/Eight mile within the mid-7s.
That mentioned, the victories of the Mannequin three AWD are fairly comprehensible. The car, in any case, was competing in a drag racing meet organized by RaceLegal.com, which is held on the SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, CA. As famous by the race’s organizer on its web site, it solely hosts 1/Eight-mile races for now resulting from constraints in observe size. For a car with immediate torque just like the Mannequin three AWD, these quick races are virtually tailor-fit. Had the races been longer, a few of the electrical sedan’s rounds in opposition to its opponents may need ended otherwise.
Nonetheless, for a non-Efficiency model of the Mannequin three, an evening spent decimating muscle vehicles and tuned imports shouldn’t be too unhealthy in any respect.
Watch the non-Efficiency Mannequin three AWD’s drag races within the video under.
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