With a one foot roll out the latest tesla model s. Plaid can hit 60 miles an hour in less than two seconds, which is faster than a bugatti chiron, a koenigsegg regular and even the mercedes amg one, a car that has an engine from a formula one car. But what about an actual formula? One car f1 cars aren’t designed for ultimate straight line speed, but they cannot be underestimated. Modern f1 cars have over one thousand brake horsepower, sticky slick tyres and they’re three times lighter than a tesla model s, but is that enough to beat one in a drag race? There’S much more to drag racing than power and weight, but let’s give you the stats. First, the tesla model s plaid is the fastest tesla ever built and one of the fastest cars on the planet. It uses one motor at the front axle and two at the rear that put out over 1000 brake horsepower and 1400 newton meters of torque to all four wheels. However, it weighs almost 2.2 tonnes and, despite being a large spacious, five seater saloon. The model s pad goes from naught to 60 miles an hour in around two seconds and runs on to a top speed of 200 miles an hour. Tesla claims that the car completes the quarter mile in an insane at 9.2 seconds, we’ve gone flat, speed, that’s two tenths quicker than the bugatti chiron. But what about a formula? One car today’s f1 cars use a 1.

6 liter turbocharged v6 engine paired to an electric motor to give over 1 000 brake horsepower just as much as the tesla. However, unlike the model s, plaid f1 cars put all that power through a multi speed, gearbox an 8 speed, sequential unit controlled by paddles. Behind the steering wheel, electric motors can spin many times faster than a combustion engine and they have an incredibly wide torque band. The motor of the model s pad can spin to a crazy 20 000 rpm and produces its peak power from 80 miles an hour all the way to its top speed. This is how the model s plaid, can use just one gear to go from zero to 200 miles an hour having an eight speed. Gearbox adds weight to the formula one car, but it still weighs just 746 kilograms, but here’s the thing. The formula one car sends all its power to the rear wheels alone, whereas the model s can more evenly distribute its torque across all four tyres. Limiting the possibility of overwhelming them with wheel spin, the f1 car is asking just two tires to put 1000 brake horsepower into the road. However, things are a lot more complicated than that as we’ll explain later, so the tesla has a power to weight ratio of 765 brake horsepower per ton, which is high for a road car. However, the formula one car has a truly staggering 1400 brake horsepower per ton. So it should be easy for the formula one car to win then, but there are a few factors that bring the tesla back into play.

First is aerodynamics: f1 cars are built to produce maximum downforce and every tiny aero device has been designed to manipulate the airflow. To suck the car into the track and therefore allow it to navigate corners even more quickly. However, the complex surfaces interacting with the air in this way results in friction between the car and the air particles introducing drag on a track. The massive increase in cornering performance that danfoss brings far outweighs the loss in straight line speed, but it wouldn’t help in a drag race against a tesla. In contrast, the tesla model s plaid is one of the slipperiest production cars on the planet, it’s designed for speed and energy efficiency, rather than outright grip. Every surface has been designed to cause a minimal disturbance to the air and one of the ways tesla does. This is by minimizing air separation along the car’s body. For example, the angle of the windscreen has been made as shallow as possible to avoid kicking up airflow at the top of the windscreen and causing it to separate what’s more because the model s doesn’t have a combustion engine. It doesn’t need to feed any radiators to keep temperatures down and without an exhaust engine or differential hanging. Underneath the car, the model s can easily use a flat underbody for minimal air disturbance. The result is a drag coefficient of just 0.208 for reference. The drag coefficient of a bugatti chiron is 0.35 in a drag race.

This is a massive factor, but what about the tires? The tesla model s plaid comes fitted with michelin, pilot sport, 4s tyres which are grippy, but not the most aggressive tyres for a road car. As a result for a dry drag race, the all weather tread pattern and relatively hard compound are sub optimal. F1 tyres are a different ball game entirely, as well as having three types of tyre for wet intermediate and dry conditions, as well as many different compounds. The tyres can be optimized for each; they only have to last for a single f1 stint. So the compound is soft and extremely sticky when up to operating temperature. As a result, they have a far higher coefficient of friction than the tesla road tyres. So the f1 car is held back by being two wheel drive but claws background to the tesla with the tires. But what about the launch itself? This is where things get tricky for the f1 car. The tesla uses a very clever launch control system that primes, the motors ride, eye and suspension of the car for the optimum launch, while managing the power delivery for the fastest getaway. The computers do all the work for you and very little driver skill is required. This means that you can easily and repeatedly get the perfect launch, which is a huge advantage compared to the f1 car. Everything is done manually in a formula one car i can say from personal experience, it’s very difficult to get the perfect start.

The balance of wheel spin is absolutely critical, too much wheel, spin and your waist forward propulsion and too little means that the engine won’t be in its sweet spot and the tyre’s rotational slip will be too low for optimum grip, even with a perfect launch. We think that the tesla might edge a head for the first few meters before the f1 car’s lack of inertia comes into play and its slick tyres begin to grip, firing it ahead and keeping it there until the quarter mile mark it’s, all well and good. Finding out if a tesla is quicker than a formula one car on paper, but today we’ve brought two cars to a drag strip to find out three two one: Music, yep we’ve actually done this in real life on our brand new automotive channel called driven.