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The New Tesla Model S Race Car Can Hit 60 MPH In 2 Seconds Flat

Perhaps the street-legal versions could soon be this quick.

Tesla recently revealed yet another update that makes its Model S even faster: The Ludicrous+ Mode gets the car to 60 mph in just 2.46 seconds, thanks to a power upgrade of 33 hp. This update will put the Model S very close to the recently revealed Faraday FF 91, but there is now another Model S that takes things to an entirely new level. We recently reported that Tesla was working on a racing version of the Model S that would compete in its own fully electric racing series. Now, we know exactly how fast this race car will be.

The race car is based on the Tesla Model S P100D, which uses a modified version of the standard car's 585kW electric motor with 778 hp. The car was originally set to use the P85 as a starting point, but this racer will now get Tesla's lightest and most powerful battery pack. In addition to the increased power, the race car will have 500 kg (around 1,100 lbs) trimmed from its curb weight. The car has aerodynamic changes such as a front splitter, rear spoiler, and wider wheel arches. With all of these changes, the car can hit 60 mph in 2.0 seconds and 62 mph (100 kph) in 2.1 seconds. This makes it one of the fastest accelerating cars in the world.

The car will compete in the Electric GT Championship, which was announced in March of 2016. The championship organizers promise 10 teams, 20 drivers, and seven races for the inaugural season. We have now seen that the Tesla Model S has huge potential as a race car. The road-going version may not be quite as fast, but one of the coolest things about motorsports is that many of the innovations spill over to road cars as the years go on. We know that Tesla hasn't reached the peak of performance yet, and we can't wait to see what the company still has up its sleeve.

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