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The new Tesla has a 'Ludicrous Mode' for ludicrous speed

The new Tesla has a 'Ludicrous Mode' for ludicrous speed
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Say the words "electric car" 10 years ago and most car guys would snicker. Follow it up with "winning a drag race" and they'll fall over laughing.

Then Tesla came out with its high-performance Roadster electric car and everyone took notice. Here was an electric car that was quicker off the line than its gas-powered cousin, the Lotus Elise. Sure it fell down in a bunch of other areas, like handling and range, but for a first effort it was amazing.

Fast forward to today and no one questions the performance benefits of electricity. Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche all have hybrid supercars that use electric motors to take performance beyond what anyone thought was possible.

In terms of purely electric cars, Tesla's high-end Model S P85D and its "Insane Mode" can beat the most powerful production sedan in the world in a quarter-mile drag race. The P85D has the equivalent of 691 horsepower and goes from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. And now it's going to get faster.

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