No production car has ever cracked 2.3 seconds from zero to 60 mph. But The Model S P100D has! Acceleration is the rate of change of velocity. This 4,891-pound Tesla Model S P100D reaches 30, 40, 50, and 60 mph from a standstill faster than any other production vehicle we’ve ever seen. In only 2.275507139 seconds, it sets a new record.
Higher speeds give the advantage to horsepower over instant torque. The Ferrari LaFerrari, for instance, hits 70 mph a tenth of a second quicker; both Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 pull ahead at 80 mph. However, around town, everybody has long since lifted off the accelerator pedal.
Indeed all-wheel-drive cars capable of face-warping launches such Tesla Model S P100D points out a lesser-known physics term: jerk. It’s the rate of change of acceleration.
The Model S P100D weights 5,062 with gear and driver and gets there 0.05 second ahead of the next quickest 0.92-second 911 Turbo S. The two cars run almost even through 40 mph, after which the Tesla pulls ahead, maintaining a 0.2-second lead from 60 mph through 90 mph. The Tesla is running 125.0 mph, and the Porsche is traveling 6.8 mph faster.
But let’s re-examine the launch. The acceleration clock starts the way the NHRA does: when the front tires cross the 1-foot mark. Tesla hit that mark in 0.26 second, at which point it was already traveling at 5.9 mph for an average jerk rating of 121.5 ft/sec3. On the other hand, the Porsche did it in 0.20 second but was only going 5.4 mph. The jerk rating was 191.8 ft/sec3. The Ferrari LaFerrari bested them both at 0.19 second and 5.9 mph, jerking worth 233.6 ft/sec3.
So how can you lay down a run like this in your very own P100D? The first thing you should do is to find a safe closed course and once you find it, ensure your car is running the latest firmware and then select the Settings menu. Under Acceleration, press and hold the Ludicrous button for five seconds.
A screen of flashing lights followed by a screen asks, “Are you sure you want to push the limits? The two buttons below are marked, “No, I want my Mommy,” and “Yes, bring it on!” With choosing the latter, you should expect to wait for a minimum of 10 minutes in between runs. Then you simply hold the brake, promptly tromp the accelerator, and quickly release it to initiate launch-control mode. Then firmly hold the brake for a split second while you nail the go pedal. Once you release the brake, you will rocket down the strip.
It’s absolutely insane!