Tesla has just beaten another record. This time, the company’s new Model S P100D has shattered the Motor Trend all-time world record for acceleration with its ability to go from 0 to 97 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 2.28 seconds. A tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk cites the time at 2.27 seconds after rounding down from 2.275507139 seconds.
Production Tesla Model S P100DL sets Motor Trend all-time world record to 60 mph in 2.27 sec https://t.co/sxALQrM5Ls
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2017
This will certainly be welcome news for those who enjoy the power of traditional muscle cars but also value the various environmental advantages of electric vehicles. The speed comes as a benefit of a user-activated upgrade called “Ludicrous mode,” which greatly increases the vehicle’s performance, but not without extra wear and tear on the motor, gearbox, and battery.
Tesla is showing through its various innovations that it is, in many ways, the future. From their self-driving cars to Powerpack stations that ease dependence on fossil fuels, the company’s strength is clearly its eye toward the future. However, it’s nice to see them flex some muscle with regards to the standards of the past as well.
This announcement comes on the heels of another, less record-breaking announcement that the company is changing its name from Tesla Motors Inc. to simply Tesla Inc.