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Tesla Model S P100D sets new 1/4 mile record (video)

A new quarter mile record has been set by the Tesla Model S P100D, decimating its already jaw-dropping former record and chopping a 478kW muscle sedan in the process.

Thanks to the larger 100kWh battery pack and the new ‘Ludicrous Plus’ pack that cuts 0-100km/h time down to 2.7 seconds, the car shaved 0.04 seconds off the record set by the P90D, with a 10.76-second quarter mile at a 196.91km/h trap speed. It’s worth remembering this is not far off the original Bugatti Veyron’s 10.1-second time.

As for the muscle car it goes up against, it is none other than the Cadillac CTS-V; a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 Yankee brawler with a velvet tuxedo to help it do battle with the likes of M5 and E 63. It is no slouch itself, as you can see in the video.

The Ludicrous Plus mode was announced recently as an over-the-air update for the Tesla Model S and Model X, which recently received the 100kWh battery pack.

LP mode unleashes another 24kW of power, or a Tata Nano’s worth to boost acceleration. Best of all, wet weather does not affect the performance. Check out the video below.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

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