As if it wasn't fast enough already...
As you might know, Elon Musk has a thing for electric cars and rockets. He famously strapped his Roadster to a rocket and shot it into space, which has to count as the most hyper-masculine thing a person ever did - at least until Jeff Bezos shot his awkwardly shaped rocket into the sky. But back to Musk - he promised rocket thrusters in the Roadster, so when we heard someone built a jet-powered Model S, we were 100% convinced it was Elon. He often does weird things, like selling whistles and Cyberquads.
Now, we'd like to make fun of the Warped Perception YouTube channel, but this build is astonishing. Building a jet-powered Model S required the fabrication of 200 parts using computer-aided design, 3D printing, and a host of other advanced technologies.
The first eight minutes of the video is pure engineering porn. If you love fabricating or watching somebody do it in How It's Made style, sit back and enjoy. The first test run shows how much power thrust these jet engines make. The next test was a run on the freeway using only jet power. It's a bit cheeky, but it seems to go smoothly enough, and the Model S' EV motor is still there as a backup. One engine "flamed out," but the EV, if we can still call it that, manages to run at 60 mph safely using only two jet engines. Speaking of, the owner claims to have done 0-60 mph without the jets in 2.4 seconds.
Unfortunately, the test conditions were less than ideal. Using only the standard EV powertrain in launch mode, the Tesla set a 0-60-mph time of 4.38 seconds. The car rushed to 60 mph in 3.32 seconds with the jets activated, so the jets do shave some time off. Not as much as the noise would have you believe, but they do work. On the second attempt, the Model S did a little worse. Luckily, this is not the end of the project. The jet and electric-powered Model S will be revisited once the weather improves, and we can't wait to see if it actually makes a big difference. This older model has some way to go before it gets to the fastest quarter-mile time ever recorded by a Tesla. Some might call this mad, but it's a much better use of a car than melting it down and making a smartphone cover.