Can the EV fend off the German challengers without Ludicrous mode?
We’ve watched many Tesla drag races here at InsideEVs.com, and much to the dismay of internal combustion fans, the immediate torque of an electric motor usually wins the day. However, the racing we typically see involves the Model S in P100D trim outfitted with Ludicrous mode. The team at The Fast Lane Car has a slightly less potent Tesla Model 3 without the high-performance upfit, but that still doesn’t mean the car is slow. In fact, it runs consistently in the mid-12-second range – fast enough to compete with a whole host of unsuspecting high-performance rides.
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For this particular drag strip adventure, the Model 3 faces a pair of orange BMWs. Specfically, the first challenger is a BMW M2 Competition with its 405-horsepower (302-kilowatt) 3.0-liter turbo inline six, and as it turns out, this M-infused Bimmer is a very close match for the Model 3. In fact, the BMW wins the first of two races by a healthy margin, though the victory can be chalked up to driver error as the Tesla had a positively horrid reaction time. As for the second M2-versus-Model 3 showdown, we’ll let the video do the talking but this time, reaction times are much closer. And so is the racing action.