Tesla boasts the fact that its latest model S Plaid can accelerate to the “American Hundred” 60 mph (97 km/h) in less than two seconds. Something like that means the title of the best speeding car in the world.
American MotorTrend magazine already had the opportunity to test the new one, and of course focused on verifying the claims of the automaker. After all, the acceleration of automobile production has been measured for years. He always does it in the same place, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and in the same way – on asphalt and from scratch.
Tesla Model S Blade
The test was not normative, the magazine got a car and for some time had to “play” without the supervision of the manufacturer, but there were people from the automaker. Gradually, they were forced to run the test on their chosen track and start on a surface covered with what is called a VHT. This is the black block found at the start of official quarter-mile trails and acts as an adhesive – it dramatically increases tire traction.
In such a test, the Model S Plaid confirmed the automaker’s statement. Acceleration to 60 mph subtracting the so-called lane-first stop takes 1.98 seconds; The quarter mile sprint would take 9.25 seconds. At the same time in the quarter mile, well-known middleman Jay Leno ran during a recent self-test.
What is a “starting path”? To start cars on a quarter-mile track from the same spot, a laser beam at the starting line helps. When you cross the front tires, a “phase” light illuminates to indicate that the vehicle is exactly at the starting line.
The trick is that the timer only starts when the beam is not interrupted again. If you interrupt it with only a piece of the tire, after the start you will have about 1 track, that is, 30.48 cm, you can speed it up without running out of time. It’s pretty much the same with regular cars, but when you’re vying for the title of best-revving production car in the world and you have 1,033 hp and 1,424 Nm like a Tesla Model S Plaid, the difference is in tenths of a second. By the time the meter starts, you are already driving at 8 or 10 km/h.
Tesla Model S Blade
However, acceleration can also be measured in other ways – using the Global Positioning System (GPS), which begins to count the time the moment the car is moving. The magazine conducted such a test the next day on its “sand”, testing all other cars, contrary to the rules of Tesla, a special surface was missing – the start took place on ordinary asphalt.
The time the car accelerated to 60 mph this way was 2.28 seconds. That’s still a staggering number, and it’s the best value MotorTrend has recorded in 72 years of measurement — but no less than two seconds short of Tesla’s reporting.