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We came, we saw, we kicked ICE

August 31, 2020 4:22 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

What do you get when you bring a P100D with Ludicrous to the drag strip? A lot of people who have no idea they are about to get their ICE kicked….

Jokes aside, on August 26th of 2020, I got one of the best birthday presents of my life, and it came a day early too! TOCNYS Club President, Patrick Ho, took the 4+ hour drive from Rochester to Lebanon Valley Dragway to join me for a night of providing a “hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars” as Elon Musk would put it….. and man did they receive a smack down that afternoon!

For just $20, participants can join in the “Test & Tune” category where they are able to have as many runs from 6-10pm. Due to the high volume of cars at the track that night, that roughly equated to a maximum of about 5-6 runs. While that might not seem like a lot of runs, you will often get exhausted after about your second or third time down the strip. While not physically demanding by any means, especially if you’re driving a Tesla, mentally and emotionally it can really take a toll on you!

As far as times down the track for the ¼ mile, the best run Patrick had in his Model S P100D was a 10.97, and the best time I ran in my Dual Motor Model 3 was a 12.24… these times are honestly amazing, especially when you factor in the fact that they are 4-door family sedans. It was a great feeling to pull those times, but even a better feeling to show everyone the potential electric vehicles have, and that they are more than capable when it comes to owning the track.

Besides Patrick, his wife, and I, TOCNYS member Kathi Cafiero drove out from Massahustes, and Key Member Jack Riggins ( from the Capital-Saratoga region ) also joined in on the fun and snagged some great photos of the night. We all had a great afternoon, and I look forward to the next night out there, hopefully we will be able to break more records!

Comments

  • September 01, 2020 11:55 AM | John P. Weiksnar (Administrator)
    Wow. This was truly a ludicrous event!

    Thanks for sharing the experience, specs, and proof that electric sedans can hold their own. (Does "you will often get exhausted" still apply, though??)
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    • September 04, 2020 10:16 AM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)
      Hahaha, as long as you are running 10s, this won't be a problem
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  • September 11, 2020 6:24 PM | Patrick Ho (Administrator)
    It was so much fun kicking ICE 'buckets".... Should do it again before winter!

    Some additional info…
    Best trap speed at 119.92 mph.
    Battery SoC at about 86% upon arrival at the track.
    First run in Ludacris without using launch mode: ET @ 10.977 at 119.92mph
    Second run in Ludacris using launch mode: ET @ 10.99 at 119.33mph
    Third run in in Ludacris PLUS and using launch mode: ET @ 10.979 at 118.16mph. This run is compromised because of extended waiting for my turn and I watch the process of continuous battery warming drawn down the battery to about 82% at the time of race.

    The ET is quite consistent among all three races. The last race the trap speed felt I believe attributed to lower SoC due to extended battery drain in Ludicrous Plus mode.
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