Tesla Model S Plaid Drag Races 1,000 horsepower McLaren 720S with shocking results
None of these monsters are featured in the video, however. No, that honor goes to its notoriously fast Tesla Model S throw. He takes him to the drag strip and faces off against the owner of a McLaren 720S Spider.
The 720S Spider is a bit heavier than an original 720S, but this one packs a bit of extra power to make up for it. We get a few moments from this owner telling us all about it. At the wheels, the McLaren develops 850 horsepower. This means that backing up to the crank, before the transmission is lost, generates around 1,000 horsepower.
To achieve this, the owner added a smoother downpipe and better breathing intake. Then he had the car tuned to take full advantage of these changes.
Consider this too. The Tesla Model S Plaid develops 1,000 horsepower and has almost no transmission loss. It can also distribute this power over four tires. The technology on board Model S is designed to help put every bit of power to the ground.
The McLaren, however, had to reduce this power with just two tires. It also has sophisticated traction control, but it wasn’t designed for 1,000 horsepower. Nonetheless, the way he handles this power is just amazing.
In the first race, we see the McLaren skip the line in a way that very few cars on the planet can. The Model S literally can’t catch it all along the track. Every gear change seems like the McLaren is actually gaining just a little bit of ground and gaining 9.3 seconds over the Tesla at 9.4.
Interestingly, we see a big difference after the race. As the cars slow down, it’s clear the McLaren is just a much lighter, sportier build. The Tesla uses the entire track to slow down as the McLaren comes to a stop so quickly you might think it has launched a parachute.
The second race, however, goes to the Tesla. Brooks cuts the light perfectly and despite pulling on the top end, the McLaren can’t quite catch up. What’s shocking is running three.
Again, the Model S gets the launch but this time not so much. The McLaren 720S Spider winds it up slowly but surely and wins in a literal photo finish. It should be noted that the Model S started with a 73% load, which limited its performance a bit. We hope for revenge soon! Watch the full video below!