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Video: Tesla Model S P85D up against Caterham’s mental 620R

Here are two very different vehicles which you would never expect to line up for an angry battle. A 2238kg electric luxury sedan squaring up against a 545kg featherweight club-racer.

Tesla Model S vs Caterham 620R

The drag racing escapades of the Tesla Model S P85D have become a viral hit, going toe-to-toe with hypercars and steroid-infused muscle cars alike, such as the 527kW Dodge Challenger Hellcat. But has it met its match in the form of Caterham’s brutal, 230kW 620R? UK publication Autocar decided to find out.

On paper, the 620R has a considerable edge, with a 2.3kg:1kW power-to-weight ratio superior to big Tez’s 4.4kg:1kW ratio. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The Tesla has 931Nm of torque and is all-wheel drive, with the added advantage of an electric motor developing that figure from zero RPM. This compares to the Caterham’s 296Nm figure at a stratospheric 7350rpm. Maybe things aren’t so clear-cut after all.

So who will triumph? The electric torque missile? Or the welterweight champion with performance-enhancing substances? The only way to see how this blood bath pans out is by watching 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.