Can Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s fastest Model S sedan, the P85D, win against the fastest production Bentley Continental, the GT3-R, in a drag race? That question has been answered by Dan Neil in a report for The Wall Street Journal.
According to Neil, the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S P85D is slim-hipped and elegant. It’s silent at rest like a meditating monk. In contrast, the Bentley Continental GT3-R is a drumming, thundering aristocrat dressed for war.
The drag race is a battle between old school and new school, of Silicon Valley and Wolfsburg and of electricity and gasoline, Neil notes. The Wall Street Journal reporter says that with the help of a fellow journalist from Yahoo Autos, they were able to compare acceleration times for the Model S P85D and the Continental GT3-R.
“The results were expected yet still kind of hard to believe,” Neil says.
He notes that by the nature of the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) car’s mechanism, it is expected to be easier to go fast in.
This particular model of the Model S, an all-electric car, has two massive alternating current induction motors found in front and at the back of the vehicle which produce 687 pound-feet of torque. That power is delivered to the ground via four wheels which is again an advantage in initial advantage for the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) sedan.
In an instant, 500 kilowatts of power can be delivered by the Model S P85D, he notes. Neil also points out that the setting for acceleration in the car goes from “Normal” and “Insane”.
However, the twin-turbo V8-powered Continental GT3-R is no slouch. It has 592 horsepower and 553 pound feet of torque coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission. However, the Bentley requires a more nuanced and adapting driving style to get out as much acceleration as possible from the car, Neil says.
Initially, the Model S leaves the Continental off the line, Neil says as it bolts quickly down the line growing smaller in the windshield of the Bentley. However, as the two continue racing to the quarter mile, the Continental hits its stride and narrows the gap between it and the Model S until it crosses the finish line ahead.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) shareholders includes Blue Mountain Capital, managed by Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow, which owned 15 million shares in the car maker by the end of 2014.
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