Tesla Model S Plaid gives the P100D killer a headstart in drag race, dominates anyway

Back in 2017, the drag strip was haunted by a dual-motor all-wheel-drive electric car that was capable of humbling supercars on the quarter-mile. That car was the Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode, Tesla’s flagship sedan at the time, whose violent acceleration was enough to spawn a thousand reaction videos on YouTube. 

The Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode had a pretty notable reign, beating internal combustion-powered cars left and right. But that all changed in 2017, when drag race enthusiast Brooks Weisblat of YouTube’s DragTimes channel matched up his Model S P100DL with Ludicrous with his McLaren 720S. The results were shocking to EV fans. 

That video can be viewed below.

The McLaren 720S humbled the Model S P100D with Ludicrous, and even in subsequent races, the supercar still came out on top. Today, however, the story is much more different. 

Tesla’s flagship sedan is the Model S Plaid, a three-motor, 1,000-hp electric monster whose acceleration could hit 1.99 seconds in ideal conditions. Against this beast, the ICE car that humbled the formidable Model S P100D with Ludicrous suddenly seemed like it was facing a mountain of a challenge. 

Recent drag races shared by Weisblat featured the Model S Plaid facing off against several opponents, including a Dodge Demon, a Hayabusa super bike, and the McLaren 720S. The Model S Plaid dominated the Demon and gave strong competition to the Hayabusa. And when it faced the McLaren 720S, the Plaid even gave the supercar a headstart in the race.

This headstart didn’t matter. The McLaren 720S is by no means an underpowered car, but it sure appeared that way when the four-door all-electric family sedan absolutely dominated it. It took only a moment for the Model S Plaid to cover the headstart of the 720S, and after that point, it was pure domination. 

Ultimately, the Model S Plaid completed the quarter-mile race in 9.42 seconds at 146.86 mph. The McLaren 720S, one of the few ICE cars that beat the Model S P100D with Ludicrous fair and square, completed the race in 10.17 seconds at 139.50 mph. 

Watch the full video of the McLaren 720S facing off against the Model S Plaid below.

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