How we perceive certain things may vary and this can yield to a state of confusion sometimes. Let’s be clear here, more than the car’s performance numbers, which are staggering no doubt, the confusion arises from how you interpret the definition of the fastest production car. The best definition that can be found for a production car can be summed up as mass-produced identical models, offered for sale to the public, and able to be legally driven on public roads. This pretty much sums up the best possible definition of a ‘the fastest production car’ out there. Tesla is claiming that its Tesla Model S P100D does 0-60mph in 2.5seconds. This makes it the fastest accelerating production car on the planet, since cars like the Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari are no longer on sale for people to buy. These two cars were widely considered to be the fastest accelerating cars in the world, until Tesla laid this claim.
Before we go further, lets dwell upon what makes the Tesla Model S P100D such performance monster. The power now comes from a 100kWh battery, up from the older Model S P90D battery pack. This bigger battery also means that the Tesla Model S P100D is now the world’s longest range production electric vehicle. The Tesla Model S P100D now features a 315 range on the EPA cycle and 613 km on the EU cycle, thus, making this Tesla the first electric car to breach the 300 mile range barrier. To make the P90D owners, who are yet to be delivered the car, Tesla is giving an option to upgrade at $10,000. However, the present owners will have to pay $20,000 for the same upgrade to their P90D Model S.
Coming back to the confusion arising from Tesla’s claim, we tried to understand what Tesla is saying in their release. Tesla says that both 918 Spyder (0-60mph in 2.2 Seconds) and the LaFerrari (0-60mph in 2.4seconds), cannot be bought new. True, since both were made in limited numbers and were sold out even before the first cars were manufactured. Saying that, it still makes them ‘production cars’ as we understand it. Also, the Tesla Model S P100D’s acceleration numbers are most probably going to be dwarfed by that of the Bugatti Chiron, once the later officially announces them. Now this car is under production and even though it is going to be a limited run model, it is still a production car.
If Tesla was talking about certain minimum numbers of units in production, then they could have cleared it. Let’s just say 300-500 units as a typical ballpark figure for minimum production run. Even then Bugatti Veyron which had the same 0-60mph as the Tesla sold 450 units across the world. Now the biggest roadblock in front of this Tesla claim are the likes of Ariel Atom V8 and the Porsche 991 Turbo S. The Ariel Atom is produced in a frequency of 100 units a year or thereabout. Considering almost every model of these road legal track cars boasts of faster/equal acceleration numbers to that of the Tesla, also makes it hard to digest the claim. Similar case is with Porsche, though its acceleration numbers hover in the range of 2.4-2.7 second for 0-60mph run.
The fastest production car, really?
All said and done, the Tesla Model S P100D has a great electric system in cars which is solid and built for the future. There is no denying this fact. But, we have our doubts on the claims that Tesla has made regarding the cars acceleration figures. Which we feel has been the magic of the marketing team trying to interpret the ‘production car’ definition in its most flexible form.
Furthermore, the Tesla P100D has now broken another record and bagged the title of being the world’s fastest accelerating car as well. The Tesla performed flawlessly by achieving 0-60mph speeds under 2.3 seconds, which is pretty quick for an electric car. This challenge was performed in the Ludicrous Mode which tunes up the motor to deliver such insane speeds.