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New Tesla Model S to be one of the fastest-accelerating cars in the world

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The new Tesla Model S P100D: faster than a Veyron or an Aventador?

The supercharged Tesla Model S P100D, powered by a 100kWh battery pack, has been rated as the world third-quickest accelerating production car, ahead of supercars such as the Bugatti Veyron and the Lamborghini Aventador.

The car is said to be able to travel from a standing start to 60mph in less time than some of the best racing cars in the world.

The same power-boosting battery will also be used in the Tesla Model X P100D, which has an impressive 0 to 60mph time of its own, and both of the new Teslas will be four-wheel-drive for multi-terrain action.

How can the new Teslas go so fast?

The new Tesla Model S is a seven-seat, electric sedan that has been boosted by the inclusion of the larger battery. It can now travel between 0mph and 60mph in just 2.5 seconds in what Tesla has termed the car’s ‘Ludicrous Speed' mode.

This 0 to 60mph speed makes it the third fastest accelerator on the planet, with the Porsche 918 Spyder and the LaFerrari being the only two commercially available cars capable of beating it.

Neither the Ferrari nor the Porsche were built for general use, both are very small two-seater roadsters, each costs around $1 million or around £760,625, and neither car is currently in production. In contrast to the new Tesla Model S, The Grimsel, which is the quickest custom-built car for racing, goes from 0 to 60mph in around 1.5 seconds.

The car’s new battery increases the Tesla’s power density, which determines how quickly energy can be delivered to the battery and drawn out again. This makes the super-fast acceleration speeds possible.

It is believed that an improved lithium-ion battery is being used in the new Model S compared to Tesla’s mainstream battery.

Advantages of electric cars

Even without the battery being taken into account, electric cars such as the new Tesla have an advantage compared to traditional-engine vehicles. This is because electric motors can deliver more instantaneous power, whilst internal combustion engines have many components that must all interact.

Electric vehicles also have the potential to reach maximum torque before petrol-powered cars and do not need time-consuming gear changes to operate at this level.

The boosted battery and other features allow the Model S P100D go from 0 to 60mph 0.7 seconds quicker than a McLaren F1 and the upgraded X to hit 60mph in 2.9 seconds.

Pricing and delivery

The entry price of the Model S P100D is £114,200, over double the £53,400 entry price tag of the Model S 60 but the car will come with the Ludicrous Speed Mode and Smart Air Suspension. First deliveries are expected by December.

Prices for the Model X P100D start at £117,200, £53,100 more than the cheapest Model X 60D. Deliveries are expected to start early in 2017.

The drivetrains for the new upgraded models will be the same, with just the new input of the larger capacity batteries. Supercharger rates will also remain unaffected, although longer charge times might be needed as a result of the enhanced capacity.

Under EPA tests, the range of the Model S goes up to 315 miles. Under NEDC tests, it increases to 381, giving the car a larger range than any other electric production car.

The Model X, meanwhile, will boast a 289-mile range, based on EPA tests, and 336 miles according to NEDC data.

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