Drag Racing Model S Videos

Unplugged Tesla Model S Plaid faces Ferrari Enzo in a drag racing challenge


Some classic Italian supercars have invited the modern and powerful Tesla Model S Plaid electric sedan to a drag racing challenge. One of them is the iconic Ferrari Enzo, other cars include a Maserati MC12 and a Ferrari F12.

To make this all happen without making a lot of noise where people live around — Petersen Automotive Museum and Unplugged Performance chose a dragstrip in a deserted place at the Santa Margarita Ranch.

No doubt that the Tesla Model S Plaid is today’s best car but these Ferraris and the Maseratis were my first crush in the car world — Tesla hadn’t even been born then.

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Before watching the drag race video below, let’s compare the basic performance specs of these cars against the Tesla Model S Plaid.

Tesla Model S PlaidFerrari EnzoFerrari F12Maserati MC12
Power1,020 hp660 hp731 hp621 hp
Torque1,050 lb-ft484 lb-ft508 lb-ft481 lb-ft
Acceleration (0-60 mph)1.99 seconds3.70 seconds3.50 seconds3.30 seconds
Top Speed200 mph (~322 km/h)217 mph211 mph205 mph
*Drag the table left-right to display comparison columns.

Yes, that’s right, Plaid looks way superior on paper performance-wise but the organizers gave its challengers some advantage too — rolling starts. Still, Tesla Model S Plaid won most of the 1/4 mile runs.

Slowly, the disruption electric cars are bringing upon internal combustion engine (ICE) cars is turning them into entertainment objects like horses today. With higher performance at a lower cost of manufacturing and maintenance, Tesla and other EVs are becoming more relevant in today’s world than ICE vehicles.

Customized Unplugged Tesla Model S Plaid used in these Plaid vs. Ferrari drag races.

Even the most powerful of these three supercars, the Ferrari F12 admitted defeat at the hands of the Tesla Model S Plaid. The race was decided as both cars launched off the line.

With improvements in technology, Tesla Model S Plaid not only delivers the quickest acceleration of a production car. But it is also able to repeat it with consistency even at a lower state-of-charge (SoC). So, in this video, it is obvious that the Plaid was fully charged in the beginning and it defeated both the Ferrari Enzo & F12 and the Maserati MC12 without being recharged again.

Last year, one of the newest Italian sensations, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale also challenged the Tesla Model S Plaid to the dragstrip and lost as well but not so miserably.

Let’s watch how these interesting quarter-mile drag races took place in the wild.

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Video: Tesla Model S Plaid vs. Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F12, and Maserati MC12 drag racing battle.



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

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