At this point, there should be little doubt that modern electric vehicles can be quick – very quick, actually, even when compared to beasts like the Chevy Corvette ZR1, as seen in the following drag racing video.
Coming to us from the Drag Racing and Car Stuff YouTube channel, the video is brief, clocking in at a little under two minutes in length. Shot from the bleachers at a local drag strip, the video opens with a white Tesla Model S Plaid beating up on a Fox-Body Ford Mustang, running a very healthy 9.36 at 149.36 mph to the Ford’s 13.11 at 116.84 mph.
Clearly, the Tesla has some muscle. Indeed, the Model S Plaid is the quickest vehicle that Tesla currently offers, with output from its tri-motor powertrain pushing out an estimated 1,020 horsepower and 905 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is rated at 200 mph. That’s a lot, but there’s more to the Tesla’s speed than just raw electric power. There’s also the clever all-wheel drive system, which applies said output to maximize traction everywhere, even with max peak torque available at 0 rpm. What’s more, there’s no shifting in the Tesla, which means the acceleration simply doesn’t stop.
Impressive stuff, no doubt. But the Chevy Corvette ZR1 is certainly no slouch, either. First offered for the C7 lineup with the 2019 model year, the Chevy Corvette ZR1 hit the scene as the fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever made, rocking the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT5 gasoline engine to produce a maximum of 755 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 715 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.
Granted, all of that is sent to the rear wheels, which could make for traction issues compared to the all-wheel drive Tesla. Then again, the Corvette ZR1 is significantly lighter than the Model S Plaid, undercutting its all-electric competition by well over 1,000 pounds.
Which of these monsters will walk away the winner? Hit play to find out: