The Tesla Model S Plaid attends a supercar meet with some epic machines gathered there, including a couple of Dodge Vipers, among which a Generation five ACR, McLaren 720S, and a 1,300-horsepower Nissan GT-R. The main rival of the Tesla for the day, however, is the quickest Hellcat-powered pick-up truck – the Dodge RAM 1500 TRX.
The current, fastest Dodge RAM TRX features a few modifications, among which a small, lower pulley, new air-intake, ported throttle body, catalytic converter delete, JMS boost-a-pump, E85 tune, and a 200-shot of nitrous. As a result, the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 now produces 909 horsepower and 1,015 pound-feet (1,376 Nm) at the wheels.
The TRX previously managed a quarter-mile time of 10.67 seconds at 128.8 mph (207.3 km/h), despite off-road tires and a curb weight of 6,396 pounds (2,901 kg). This time, however, the TRX has slicks.
You probably know the specs, but here goes. The Plaid’s three electric motors provide a total output of 1,020 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet (1,423 Nm). It’s not very often we get to say this, but the Plaid is the lighter of the two vehicles, tipping the scales at 4,828 pounds (2,190 kg). The Model S Plaid is a sub-nine-second car, but we’ll see how it does against the competition.
The Warm-up Races
Both, the RAM TRX and Tesla Plaid do a couple of practice runs, in which they humiliate most of the competition. The TRX goes up against a stock McLaren 720S. The British supercar has 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet (770 Nm) on-demand, from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. It also weighs just 3,128 pounds (1,419 kg). The TRX still takes an early lead, but the featherweight McLaren quickly closes in and takes the win.
The TRX, then, decided to mess with the 1,300-horsepower Nissan GT-R. While it managed to get the jump, the GT-R flew past it, taking a win. We won’t even mention the Vipers, which sadly, got destroyed by the Tesla, along with an unfortunate Camaro SS.
TRX versus Plaid drag race
In true tradition, it’s best out of three runs. The first race between the two all-wheel-drive cars went exactly as expected. The TRX did not have nitrous on the first run but still managed to get an early lead. That said, aerodynamics kicked in towards the second half of the race, allowing the much sleeker Tesla to surge past the RAM 1500 TRX.
The TRX was, finally, able to use that 200-shot of nitrous for the second race. However, it bogged down severely, allowing the Tesla Model S Plaid to take an easy win. Race three was quite decisive. With or without nitrous, the TRX lost to the Plaid every single time. However, it’s time for the grand finale.
1,300 Horsepower Nissan GT-R versus Tesla Model S Plaid
A highly-modified GT-R can make things more interesting. It has more power, weighs less, and seems to have the right tires for the job. The first race was a complete waste since the GT-R had trouble launching.
Race two was much better for the GT-R, but it still bogged down during the launch. At the second half, it was quickly gaining on the Model S Plaid, getting ready to blast by it, but quarter-mile just wasn’t long enough for Godzilla to snatch the win. The GT-R may have been much faster, but it failed to put all 1,300 horsepower to the ground.
In the end, the completely stock Tesla Plaid, once again, wiped the floor clean with some very quick vehicles, dealing with the quarter-mile in 9.61 seconds at 146.48 mph (235.74 km/h) and sprinting to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.38 seconds. I guess we should all buy one now.
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