Tesla has made a name for itself with its record-breaking EVs. Just recently, the Model S P100D reclaimed its title as the fastest accelerating production car in the world, setting an astonishing 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.28 seconds thanks to the recent Ludicrous + update.
That’s faster than most modern supercars, despite the Model S weighing considerably more. But how is such awe-inspiring acceleration possible? Engineering Explained has the answer in this in-depth video.
Jason, in this video, goes into considerable detail about the engineering and physics at work that allowed the Model S to break the new speed record. If some of the technical aspects go over your head, in short, several simple factors made it possible. First, you only have to look at the specs — the Model S packs 680 horsepower and 791 lb-ft of torque.
That tremendous power is sent to all four wheels thanks to the all-wheel drive system. This is then transferred to the ground via Michelin Pilot Sports tires with wide 265-series rubber. Taking this theory further, the video provides additional analysis, comparing the stopping distance and time of the Model S with its 0 to 60 mph time to find the limit of the tires.
About the Model S:
In 2012, Tesla launched Model S, the world’s first premium electric sedan. Built from the ground up to be 100 percent electric, Model S has drastically changed the image of the electric image. With room for seven passengers and more than 64 cubic feet of storage, Model S provides the comfort and utility of a family sedan while achieving the acceleration of a sports car: 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds or 2.28 seconds on the newer models. Its flat battery pack is integrated into the chassis and sits below the occupant cabin, lending the car a low center of gravity that enables outstanding road holding and handling while driving 265 miles per charge. Model S was named Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year and achieved a 5-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.