Elon Musk was not kidding around with the latest Tesla update’s “Ludicrous Plus” mode, which can do 0-60 in 2.28 seconds, shattering the 2.3 second barrier and making the P100D the fastest production car in the world, according to MotorTrend magazine.
MotorTrend reports that it has never had a production car break the 2.3 second 0-60 barrier until the Tesla P100D in Ludicrous Plus mode. On top of that record, the Tesla is also hitting 30, 40, 50, and 60 mph faster than any other mass produced car – and we’re talking about comparisons to the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder, which MotorTrends says only start to pull ahead after the 60 mph mark.
Elon Musk tweeted on January 12th that the early results he was getting from Ludicrous Plus mode suggested that 0-60 in 2.34 seconds was possible. Although the stripped down racing version of the P100D is hitting 0-60 in 2.1 seconds, with all the weight in the regular vehicle 2.34 seconds sounded pretty incredible.
However, the P100D exceeded all online speculation and come in with a new world record. The official time, with all the significant figures, was 0-60 in 2.275507139 seconds. MotorTrends correctly rounds the number up to 2.28 seconds, but proud-daddy Elon Musk decided to round down instead, and tweeted the report saying, “Production Tesla Model S P100DL sets Motor Trend all-time world record to 60 mph in 2.27 sec.”
Those 0.005507139 seconds need to be added in there somewhere, Elon. However, he’s certainly allowed to be proud of the P100D. It’s kind of nuts to watch the video of the 0-60 test and see the boxy, sedan-looking Tesla Model S scream forward and realize that the gorgeous coupe model Ferrari Laferrari is being totally left in the dust for those 2.28 seconds. It’s a speed machine that truly deserves to be called ludicrous — and will make the coming electric car championships something to behold.Photos via Getty Images / Bryan Mitchell