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August 25th, 2016

In the wake of the Tesla announcing their their Model S P100D, an electric car hitting 60mph (96.6kmph) from standstill in a scant 2.5 seconds, ambitions have been displaced. As of now, there is no other production car in the world that can challenge the Model S P100D since the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari are now out of production. What Tesla claims is quite amazing thought, specially when you consider that all the Tesla Model S performance is coming from a mere four-door family saloon, which is crushing 0-60 times of some of the most performance-focussed cars out there that include any production Porsche 911, any production Lamborghini or Ferrari. And that is something astounding in itself.

Petro-powered cars have been quick to 60 for a while now, and now electric cars have joined them in the race. With acceleration times becoming better and better across the board, one has to wonder if there would ever be an end to this ? As physics dictates, everything is bound by the laws of nature; in this case, friction and torque. So there has to be a point beyond which no car can accelerate quicker to 60 on normal street tyres, and that is exactly what Engineering Explained set to find out with mathematics and physics.

I the video, the guy at EE does some very in-depth calculation to explain why there is a limit to lowering acceleration before normal street tyres give up their grip. He puts every situation under consideration to come up with a value and then compares how our modern day performance cars fare with it.

The Tesla Model S performance might have clinched the fastest accelerating production car from its gas-guzzling rivals, but we reckon that titles isn’t going to be with them for long. Its only a matter of time before Bugatti release the official performance figures of the Bugatti Chiron, which we are pretty sure would be faster than the Tesla. Nevertheless, the P100D is mighty fast for what it is and we commend Tesla’s effort to get it there.

Hit the play button below to watch the video.

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