Drag Racing Model S Videos

Tesla Model S vs. Taycan, Huracán, McLaren, Aston drag race and the controversy


AutoTrader UK is facing controversy over a video of the Tesla Model S vs. Lamborghini Huracán drag race their YouTube team released last month. When a YouTuber and Tesla fan Sam Alexander pointed out a potential issue that could’ve been the reason for the Model S’s defeat, AutoTrader punished him with a copyright strike on the popular video streaming platform.

Sam used 48 seconds of footage from the drag race video to share that the Tesla Model S battery was at only 30% state-of-charge (SOC) before the race. But instead of clarification, AutoTrader misused their DMCA takedown powers to belittle a smaller YouTuber and tried to shut the voices of criticism.

Tesla Model S state-of-charge shown before the previous drag race against the Lamborghini Huracán Performante. The Model S instrument cluster shows 112 miles or range which is around ~30%. Source: AutoTrader / YouTube.

At 30% SOC, a Tesla or any EV cannot perform a launch at its full potential. However, AutoTrader, later on, said that this shot was taken in the evening after several drag races took place. Still, Sam Alexander further investigated only to find out that the Model S Performance reached the 1/4-mile finish line 0.8 seconds after the Huracán Performante which should’ve been only 0.2 seconds according to independent testing stats.

1/4-mile time: Tesla Model S Performance w/Ludicrous mode vs. Lamborghini Huracán Performante. Source: Wikipedia.
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Now AutoTrader puts the same Tesla Model S Performance against multiple supercars in another drag race. An Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante, Lamborghini Huracán Performante (yes again), and a McLaren 540C, and the Porsche Taycan 4S.

Taycan 4S is the entry-level variant of the Porsche Taycan but it’s still pretty much capable of beating many ICE sports cars on the dragstrip. Aston Martin cars have been my childhood fantasy, especially the design and Tesla Model 3 and Model S are what I think have somewhat of an Aston touch in their design philosophy.

Let’s go over some basic specs comparison of all the 5 cars involved in this drag race before jumping to the actual video.

CarsEngine/Battery pack / Drivetrain0-100 km/hTop SpeedPower
Tesla Model S Performance100 kWh / AWD2.5 s162 mph (261 km/h)615 kW (836 PS)
Lamborghini Huracán Performante5.2 L V10 / AWD2.6 s201 mph (325 km/h)470 kW (639 PS)
Aston Martin DBS5.2 L Bi-Turbo V12 / RWD3.4 s211 mph (340 km/h)533 kW (725 PS)
Porsche Taycan 4S79.2 kWh / AWD4.0 s155 mph (250 km/h)390 kW (530 PS)
McLaren 540C3.8 L V8 /3.5 s199 mph (320 km/h)397 kW (540 PS)
Table 1.0: Tesla Model S Performance vs. Lamborghini Huracán Performante, Aston Martin DBS, Porsche Taycan 4S, and McLaren 540C performance specs comparison. Sources: Manufacturers.


By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii