About 10 to 15 years ago there were only a handful of cars that could compete in the, let’s just call it, the elite performance group. To sum it up, these are cars that will completely out-perform any other 4 wheeled machine out there. Cars that as a kid when fumbling around with top trump cards you knew that there wasn’t another card that could match the one that you had in your hand.
Typically this top group of cars were centred around one figure, one metric that stood right and centre on the highest podium. Yes, we are talking about the 0 to 60 mph times, or the 0 to 62 mph or the 0 to 100 km/h.
Choices, so many choices to go fast
Today, however, there is a myriad of choices out there. Well, that is if your pockets are deep enough. We have super light, minimalistic options like the Arial Atom, lean Swedish witchcraft engineering in the form of the Koenigsegg One:1 and brute, yet luxurious options like the Bugatti Chiron.
And don’t even get us started on the electric wizardry from the holy trinity. The Porsche 918 Spyder, Mclaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari. OH wait, there is one hybrid card that we need to add to this already stacked deck of elite 0 to 60 heroes. The Koenigsegg Agera.
If we had to sit around a table, fueled by good food and the extent of the internet we could possibly argue over the cars mentioned above until, well another limited edition Lamborghini comes out, which sometimes feels like a new one is launched every few minutes.
But what if I told that you that no matter how much we argued about which petrol-guzzling beast is quickest, we would have to circum to the fact that we need to start including all-electric cars into the conversation! WHAAAAAAT, all-electric, that is… well that is Ludicrous, and you would be right to say so. In fact, you would have slammed the nail right on the head.
Enter Bloomberg and Musk’s Tesla
Thanks to a report released by Bloomberg, the Tesla Model S P100D (WOW that is quite a mouthful) will not only match these limited exotic hypercars from 0 to 60, but they aren’t built in limited numbers, they are technically safer for the planet and the amount of technology packed into these giant battery packs with wheels will match those of, well probably outmatch Musk’s SpaceX rockets.
Tesla’s new 4 door sedan will not only propel you from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, but you will have fun doing it. I mean, how could you not when there is a Ludicrous mode. Not race mode, not hyper mode, LUDICROUS mode. This brings back memories of the popular parody Space Balls, “ludicrous speed”.
So why is this important? Well, not only does this number, 2.5 seconds, almost bend the laws of physics, especially with street tyres but as mentioned above, the Tesla Model S P100D is not built in small, limited production numbers. Which means that everyone can have one, or at least aim to own it one day. Not being limited in production numbers also means that the used car prices won’t surge and burn your bank balance.
At this point, you should grab a hot cup of coffee, read the following statement from Bloomberg and take 15 minutes to let this sink in.
“Ferrari’s $ 1.4 million LaFerrari, Porsche’s $ 845,000 918 Spyder, and Bugatti’s $ 2.3 million Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. Tesla’s new Model S, at $ 134,500, is just as quick as any vehicle on the road. Even its seven-seat SUV beats the McLaren 675LT. Speeds like this offer more Gs than Earth, so the rate of acceleration is faster than falling.”
And welcome back to earth! Thanks to the super smart folks at Bloomberg, here’s a chart that shows how Tesla ranks in speed and price among the world’s elite.
So what do all of these graphs, facts and figures mean? Well, for the first time, the fastest car in the world, of all kind, is electric. From the words of Elon Musk, “in the future, people are really going to look at gasoline cars in the same way we look at steam engines today: They’re quaint, but it’s not really how you get around.”
But what about battery life, how far can you go?
So nevermind that you can drive 289 miles per charge in the Model S P100 D, you can do it in ludicrous mode all day long! Does that excite us? YES!!!! Well, that is because we are fans of Ricky Bobby!
What does this all mean? Well, it shows that electric cars have come a long way. Especially when you compare them to the ancient (disclaimer; this will be the only time we will ever mention this car) Gwizz. This shows that companies like Tesla aren’t just making cars for the everyday human. They are including the enthusiasts, the petrol heads, the guys who sometimes, “just want to go fast”, and for that last statement alone we would like to say, from the petrolhead, thank you Tesla!