Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Death of the Gas Powered Car

It looks like Tesla is the king. 

An American designed and built car absolutely crushed the three fastest cars Europe can produce off the line.

This latest test by Motor Trend pushed the Tesla ahead of the 2017 911 Turbo S, which was previously the quickest according to tests conducted by the magazine in November 2016. It also puts the Model S P100, which has a base price of $135,700, ahead of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, which have base prices of $1.5 million, $1.5 million and $845,000 respectively.

Operating in Tesla’s Ludicrous Easter Egg mode, the Model S accelerated from 0 to 30 mph 0.05 seconds faster than the 911 Turbo S, the magazine says in its review. The two vehicles even out as the acceleration continues, with the Tesla edging ahead by 0.2 seconds as the cars move from 60 mph through to 90 mph. The two cross the quarter-mile mark together at 10.5 seconds, according to Motor Trend.

It should also be noted that the P1, the 918 and the Ferrari the Ferrari are all two seaters. The Tesla seats five.


bob kek mando ( Death To The Boor-geois, Keks To The Lol-etariat ) said...

electric vehicles have had a 0-60 advantage for decades now. there is a straightforward reason for this.

max torque for an electric motor is at 0rpm. and the faster the electric motor spins, the less torque it has.

as the battery storage efficiency / weight ratio goes up, the electrics are likely to continue to improve vs the gas ... for acceleration purposes.

however, gasoline and diesel are still FAR more efficient energy storage devices than batteries are. and this pays off in weight and range. and, due to the physics of the internal combustion engine, higher top speeds.

you notice that the sports car is neck and neck with the Tesla at the 1/4 mile mark? that's because the sports car is already moving much faster than the Tesla and has already made up all the advantage that the Tesla had earlier in the run. if you run this race past the 1/4, as you would on a highway, the Tesla is going to get it's doors blown off.

in some ways, the 'battery power' model of auto construction is beneficial to sports car handling ( centralized battery layout under the belly pan minimizes CG height and 'pendulum weight' ). however, the massive weight cost required to get a decent range of operation from the batteries is a significant problem.

RobM said...

Tow your boat with a electric truck? RV? Do you live where ice storm knocks out power for a week? Maybe electric cars for urban city folks... but they are the ones that argue we should all be using the bus or trains.

I'd posit, that the vast expanses of America would prohibit electric overtaking engines. Plus, take away the Government subsidy, and no one would buy a electric..... and no one would produce them either.