A video of a Tesla P85D "destroying" a Dodge Challenger Hellcat in a 1/4 mile drage race has gone viral on the internet... But did it really destroy the Hellcat? Let's dig into this, and discover whether it was a case of the Tesla being faster than the Challenger Hellcat, or whether it was due to something else. But first, here's the video: So, at first glance, it appears that the P85D does in fact "destroy" the Dodge Challenger Hellcat... But if you watch it again, and look closely, you just might find things aren't as clear cut as they seem. The action in the video starts at the 45 second mark when the 707 hp Hellcat begins it's burnout, which it takes care of with ease. At 1:13, you can see that the P85D is staged, as both of the yellow lights on his side of the tree are lit. At 1:17, the Hellcat is staged. This is where we get to the crucial moment that tells the story of what happened in this drag race. At 1:19, the Hellcat jumps the lights, and at 1:20 you can see the red lights come on, informing the driver of the Hellcat that his run is invalidated. The Tesla is all clear, and so it proceeds to do it's 1/4 mile run. The driver of the Hellcat either decides to put on a bit of a show, mashing the gas, employing all 707 hp to smoke his tires for about 1/3 of the track, or he just keeps pushing, foolishly hoping to catch up... it appears only he knows which. So the Tesla P85D won, but did it really "destroy" the Hellcat? Not exactly... The driver of the Hellcat boned up, invalidated his run and one way or another put on a show of raw, gasoline powered, tire smoking goodness. Is the Tesla P85D fast? Unquestionably. An 11.6 second 1/4 mile time is impressive. But according to official figures, the Hellcat can do a 1/4 mile in 11.2 at 125 mph on the stock tires, and can do a 10.95 at 126.18 mph if you throw on some street legal drag radials. So what it all comes down to is the Tesla won due to driver error on the part of the driver of the Hellcat. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the Tesla P85D, it's an awesome car, but it would have likely lost that drag race had the driver of the Hellcat not jumped the lights.
As if the Tesla Model S P85 wasn't impressive enough, Tesla has gone ahead and improved it by adding a second electric motor to create the fastest accelerating Sedan on the market. The Tesla Model S P85D reaches 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. For comparison, that's the same 0-60 time as a Nobel M400 and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series. The P85D also has a feature that Tesla is calling "Autopilot" which
This is it. The latest mid-engined Supercar from Lamborghini. Called the "Huracan", it takes the place of the out-going Gallardo. Word is that this new Lambo will come with the Gallardo's 5.2-liter V10, but this time around it will produce 610 horsepower and 414 ft-lbs. of torque, which is about 40% more horsepower than was available in even the most powerful version of the Gallardo. And as usual, like all Lambo's these days, power will get to the wheels through an AWD setup. Lambo says the new Huracan will do 0-62 mph (100 kph) in 3.2 seconds, 0-124 mph (200 kph) in 9.9 seconds. and will top out at 200+ mph. So, predictably, it's looking like it'll pick up where the Gallardo left off. Here's hoping for a manual transmissioned, RWD version like they did with the Gallardo Balboni Edition. BTW, Both pics are over 1600x1000, so save them as Wallpapers for your Desktop!
We all know the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT 86/Subaru BRZ, and it's slippery sideways goodness, but many think, and I agree, that it could be even better if it just had a bit more horsepower. But for some reason Toyota seems to be dead set against offering a higher horsepower version, and I personally think this is a big mistake. There is a TRD Supercharger kit for it, but it's for Racing applications only, and it costs an astonishing $26,000 dollars! And as if that wasn't bad enough, you can't buy just one kit, there is a minimum order limit of 2, which means if you want one (er, 2) you'll have to shell out an unbelievable $52,000!!! For that kind of money, you'd be better off just buying another car altogether! Personally, if I were in charge over at Toyota, I would call in my product development team, and I would tell them to make a TRD version of the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT 86 with 300 hp, upgraded suspension, strut tower braces, and whatever else necessary to make the car quicker, and handle better. I'd also suggest that the fenders be flared, and some wider wheels and tires be fitted. These upgrades I think would satisfy most people's idea of what the FRS should be. But unfortunately, I am not in charge over at Toyota... So, what say you? Does a 300 hp Scion FR-S/Toyota GT 86 sound good to you? Let your voice be heard in the Comments below!