Twin-turbo V8 meets tri-motor EV.
It hasn't been too long since Tesla launched its hilariously powerful Model S Plaid and already the electric sedan is racking up drag racing victories against previously unconquerable machines. In June, the Plaid took apart the legend that is the Nissan GT-R in a quarter-mile battle. Before that, the sedan set a new quarter-mile record, shattering the numbers set by supercars like the Bugatti Chiron. To see if the Plaid could maintain this spotless record, Dobre Cars put it up against a stock McLaren 765LT in a rolling race. Everyone knows how effective EVs are off the mark, but could a rolling race sway the odds in favor of the rear-wheel-drive McLaren?
McLaren claims 755 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque for the 765LT, while the Tesla promises an insane 1,020 hp. With a dry weight of just over 2,700 pounds, the 765LT is around 2,000 lbs lighter than the portly Model S Plaid. In a few rolling races from 40 mph, the Plaid shoots off ahead of the 765LT every time. This was despite the fact that the Tesla had an extra occupant on board at the time and the McLaren did not. That being said, the 765LT was never far behind the Tesla and as the speeds started to rise, the McLaren began getting closer to the Tesla. A longer track and higher speeds would have likely changed the outcome.
Although no specific numbers were shared, the race proves that both cars are mightily impressive in their own way. The Model S Plaid represents the pinnacle of fully electric power right now, while the 765LT is one of the greatest embodiments of internal combustion prowess. Remember, the McLaren set its own quarter-mile record in stock form to start off the year. Rather than pit EVs against ICE models and argue about which is superior, maybe we should just be grateful to live in a time where automotive engineering has exceeded what we thought was possible in cars you can buy off the showroom floor.