The Tesla Model S has finally met its match on the drag strip.
The Tesla Model S is the undisputed king of the drag strip. While many cars won’t have any trouble outrunning it over long distances, nothing can touch it on the quarter-mile in Ludicrous mode – not even supercars like the almighty Lamborghini Aventador SV. But now the Tesla Model S has finally met its match on the quarter-mile. After humiliating a Lamborghini Huracan and setting an insanely fast half-mile time that hypercar owners would envy, the mighty McLaren 720S has once again proven that it’s a serious force to be reckoned with.
After posting an astonishing half-mile time, DragTimes has pitted the McLaren 720S against the Tesla Model S P100D in a quarter-mile drag race. To put things into context, the drag race was done in reaction to Motor Trend’s World’s Greatest Drag Race, in which the Model S beat the likes of the Porsche Turbo S, Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 570GT.
Brook from DragTimes felt that the McLaren 720S should have been in the competition instead of the 570GT since it’s a direct competitor to the 488 GTB, so decided to see how it fared against the world’s fastest 0-62 mph production car. Predictably, the McLaren 720S makes mincemeat out of the Tesla Model S. We thought the Model S would gain an early lead with Ludicrous mode, only for the 720S to gradually catch up and snatch the lead close to the finish line. But it doesn’t - it absolutely annihilates the Model S almost immediately off the line and leaves it for dust. The best part? The McLaren 720S is nearly half the price of the Lamborghini Aventador SV that the Tesla Model S previously beat.
Elon Musk isn’t going to be happy. DragTimes has pledged to pit the McLaren 720S against the Porsche 918 Spyder in a future drag race. Now that should be interesting. At this rate, it’s going to take a hypercar like a Pagani or Koenigsegg to outrun the McLaren 720S, which is a testament to its underrated performance.