Tesla Model 3 Races C7 Corvette At Dragstrip: Video5
Electric cars facing off against high-power vehicles with a traditional internal-combustion engine isn’t anything new. However, this is one of the first times we’ve seen a Tesla Model 3 race a C7 Corvette.
Many drivers have lined up against the Tesla Model S and even Model X only to have the doors blown off them in a silent orchestra with only tire squeal conducting the event and new video lets us know if the Tesla Model 3 carries on the motif. For better or worse, it does. The electric car in question is a Model 3 Performance, which boasts a dual-motor setup with all-wheel drive, performance wheels and brakes, and an increased top speed from 145 mph to 155 mph (for an extra $5,000 atop the $65,000 starting price). Power ratings sit at 450 horsepower and 471 pound-feet of torque.
The instant torque is enough to leave the C7 Corvette in behind with its 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine producing 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The video only shows a view from the driver’s side window, so it’s unclear if the Corvette ever made up ground, but we also think the Model 3 driver had a much quicker reaction time. AWD versus RWD is always a losing proposition for the latter, too, as the Corvette dealt with wheelspin off of the line.
At the end of the race, the times reveal the Model 3 shot down the quarter mile in 11.74 seconds with a trap speed of 114.12 mph. The C7 Corvette made it to the finish line in 13.28 seconds with a speed of 113.19 mph.
The Tesla won this battle, but the Corvette could return with a vengeance in the near future. Rumors suggest the mid-engine C8 Corvette will usher in a hybrid variant sporting all-wheel drive and an electric motor perhaps making around 1,000 hp.
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Give me a Vette over that Golf cart. The thing has no soul.
I agree, but the Corvette doesn’t have a soul either. Nothing has a soul.
It’s hard for people to admit but electric cars are the future. 6L engine was cool 20 years ago but not anymore. Other car manufactures can provide the same power number from 3L turbo engines.
Jaguar has let it be known that they may produce a performance version of their electric I Pace
SUV and that it will acclerate to 60 in 1.8 seconds, much, much faster thann any Tesla vehicle and also fater that Tesla’s roadster, which Musk falsely (and foolishly) claimed would be the fastest productio car in the world – another lie from the mouth that roared. The roadster will only cost three timesa smuch. Would LOVE to see the looks on the faces of the gullible souls who have plunked down non-refundable $50,000 deposits on their roadster. Ha, ha, ha,ha, ha.
Line up a z06 against it please?