Tesla v v8 supercar




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    The Model S is dead silent, so all I can hear is Slade revving the car. As we line up to race, Slade fires up the V8 Supercar. My job is easier. As our race starter drops his hands, we both get on to the throttle. As Slade performed his warm up laps around the track, I was blown away by the noise.

    Tesla v v8 supercar

    Tesla v v8 supercar

    Tesla v v8 supercar

    Tesla v v8 supercar

    Tesla v v8 supercar

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    The V8 Supercar has a weight benefit, coming in at just kg with next to no interior, where the Model S P85D tips the scales at over kg, but has the benefit of all-wheel drive.

    Driven by a menacing kW hp 6. So, the challenge was set: My job is easier. The Model S P85D is capable of churning over Nm of torque through all four wheels, so it certainly has the technical advantage off the line. As our race starter drops his hands, we both get on to the throttle. The Model S P85D rockets ahead in the first metres, blitzing Dave while he grapples for traction. By around half way, I can see Dave gaining on me as the fully-electric Tesla tapers off.

    Tesla v v8 supercar

    Still, that first run had me worried. If a supercharged V8 road car was chomping at the bit, how would a full-blown race car with slick tyres go? As Slade performed his warm up laps around the track, I was blown away by the noise.

    The side exhaust outlets emit an almighty roar with each gear change. The giant AP Racing brakes measure mm up front and mm at the rear, operating at up to degrees Celsius under race conditions. As we line up to race, Slade fires up the V8 Supercar. To say I was a little nervous would be an understatement. The Model S is dead silent, so all I can hear is Slade revving the car. Just before the half way marker I realise I have a clear lead over the V8 Supercar.

    Tesla v v8 supercar

    By the three-quarter marker I scan my rear-vision mirror to find Slade just metres behind me. We all thought that with an extra 50m or so, the V8 Supercar would probably have the win. But, it goes to show how totally incredible the Model S P85D is from a straight-line speed point of view.

    What do you think? The guys at Supercheap Auto Racing want a rematch though — this time with a longer straight. Click on the Photos tab for more images by Tom Fraser. Videography by Igor Solomon.

    Tesla v v8 supercar

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