A Tesla Model S Performance (formerly known as the P100D) with Ludicrous Mode recently established a new quarter mile record. Particularly impressive was that the Model S was able to accomplish this feat fresh from the factory. None of the premium electric sedan’s original settings were changed for the run as well.
During the quarter-mile run, the (refreshed) Tesla Model S Performance with Ludicrous was able to complete the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds at 127.55 mph. Pre-refresh P100Ds, such as this vehicle which raced against a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, perform quarter-mile passes in around 10.8 seconds at 124.90 mph.
Eli Burton, the owner of the Model S Performance, upgraded to the vehicle from a Model S 75D, which has been his daily driver for years. Speaking to Alex Guberman of E for Electric, Burton noted that he was encouraged to upgrade his vehicle when Tesla rolled out the updates to the Model S, which included improvements such as a 370-mile range, better charging, an updated drive unit, and new suspension, among others. The electric car maker’s free Ludicrous upgrade offer to existing Tesla owners sealed the deal.
A trip to the drag strip was in order as soon as Burton took delivery of his Model S Performance. The vehicle was completely stock, with the Model S owner not even changing the tire pressure of the sedan for the strip. The tires of the car were just stock 19” Silver Wheels as well. With 21” Sonic Carbon Twin Turbine Wheels, the Model S Performance could have run even better numbers.
Speaking to Teslarati about his experience, Burton noted that his new vehicle feels like a new beast compared to other P100Ds that he has driven in the past. Though not a professional on the drag strip, the Model S owner noted that his trap speed with his new vehicle was about 5 mph faster than other P100Ds he has driven before. Compared to his 75D, Burton described his new car as simply mind-numbing. “I now have a permanent Tesla grin,” he said.
Even before its recent refresh, the Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous is an insanely quick car, capable of matching and even beating supercars on the quarter mile. With a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds and quarter-mile passes at around 10.8 seconds, the Model S has long served as Tesla’s resident gas car killer, particularly in straight-line races. With the improvements that Tesla has introduced, there’s a good chance that the electric car community would see more videos of the Model S beating even more powerful gas cars on the quarter mile.
Watch E for Electric’s segment on the Model S Performance’s record-setting run in the video below.