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Tesla Model S P100D sets new record with 10.72-sec quarter mile after ‘Ludicrous+’ software update


With the introduction of the P100D with Ludicrous mode, Tesla’s Model S officially became a ’10-second-car’ – a common term used to refer to a car that can run a quarter-mile in 10.999 or less. Since the launch in September 2016, P100D owners have been slowly working through that 10 seconds and have now significantly improved the time on the dragstrip.

The vehicle’s previous record was a 10.76-second run achieved a few weeks after the release of the vehicle. It’s also a record for any stock 4-door sedan since Tesla’s Model S is alone with only 2-door supercars in the 10-second car list (see list below).

We haven’t seen a good quarter-mile run since the release of the ‘Ludicrous+’ software update that unleashed more power in the Tesla Model S P100d. Last week, someone achieved a 0-60mph acceleration in 2.389-sec, but no quarter-mile.

It appears that no one has officially recorded a 10.6 second, which Tesla CEO Elon Musk says is possible since the update.

Of course, perfect conditions are needed to achieve it and P100D owners are getting closer. In their latest attempt at the Palm Beach International Raceway, DragTimes managed to record a new record: 10.72 seconds.

That’s the new time to beat.

At 10.6 seconds, Tesla’s Model S would work its way up the list of quickest cars and join the Ferrari 488, Audi R8 V10 Plus and Lamborghini Huracán at 10.6.

Here’s a comprehensive list of 10-second car via wikipedia:

By 1/4 mile or 400 metre times (11 seconds or less)

Car Year Time Noted specs
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport 2011 9.7 sec Limited to 30 produced
LaFerrari 2015 9.7 sec @ 148.5–149.1 mph (239.0–240.0 km/h) Limited to 499 produced, hybrid-electric, naturally aspirated
McLaren P1 2014 9.8 sec @ 148.9 mph (239.6 km/h) Limited to 375 produced, hybrid-electric
Porsche 918 Spyder 2014 9.8 sec @ 145 mph (233 km/h) Limited to 918 produced, hybrid-electric, naturally aspirated
Bugatti Veyron 2006 10.175 sec @ 139.44 mph (224.4 km/h) Limited to 420 produced
Lamborghini Aventador and Aventador SV 2012 10.4 sec @ 134.7–141.3 mph (216.8–227.4 km/h) Aventador SV limited to 600 produced, naturally aspirated, 0-200 mph (322 km/h) in 33.5 seconds
McLaren 650S and 675LT 2015 10.4 sec @ 136.1 mph (219.0 km/h) 650S and 675LT equally quick, with latter being more track-oriented; 675LT limited to 1000 produced (including Coupé and Spider combined)
Porsche 991 Turbo S 2016 10.5 sec Rear-engine, with 2+2 seats
Lamborghini Huracán 2015 10.6 sec @ 132.8 mph (213.7 km/h) Naturally aspirated; 10.4 @ 135 1/4 done with ringer
Audi R8 V10 Plus 2016 10.6 sec @ 132 mph (212 km/h) Naturally aspirated
Ferrari 488 2016 10.6 sec (see this column’s notes)
Tesla Model S P100D w/Ludicrous Upgrade 2016 10.7 sec @ 124.54 mph (200.4 km/h) All-electric, with 5(+2) seats; fastest-accelerating sedan
McLaren 12C 2012 10.7 sec @ 134 mph (216 km/h) (see this column’s notes)
Ferrari 458 Speciale 2014 10.7 sec Naturally aspirated
Tesla Model S P90D w/Ludicrous Upgrade 2016 10.8 sec @ 121.99 mph (196.3 km/h) All-electric, with 5(+2) seats
Ford GT 2017 10.8 sec Limited to 1000 produced over 4-year period
Nissan GT-R 2012 10.8 sec Front-engine, usually with 2+2 seats
Acura NSX 2016 10.8 sec Hybrid-electric
Ferrari F12tdf 2016 10.8 sec Limited to 799 produced, front-engine, naturally aspirated
Dodge Viper Phase II ZB (Gen-4) 2008 10.9 sec @ 129.8 mph (208.9 km/h) Front-engine
Porsche 997 Turbo S 2011 10.9 sec @ 127.4 mph (205.0 km/h) Rear-engine, with 2+2 seats
Pagani Huayra 2012 10.9 sec Limited to 100 produced
McLaren 570S 2016 10.9 sec @ 137 mph (220 km/h) (see this column’s notes)
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2016 10.9 sec @ 132.7 mph (213.6 km/h) Front-engine, 8-speed automatic, non-Z07, 0-200 mph (322 km/h) in 26.0 seconds
Porsche Carrera GT 2003 10.97 sec 2-door roadster

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