Electric cars leave supercars in the dust

By |2018-08-12T16:33:14+00:00September 20th, 2017|

There is a perception in some consumers’ minds as well as some parts of the motoring industry in South Africa that the electric car is slow. Perhaps this could be the reason why some car shoppers still opt for petrol and diesel cars over electric ones. Even the range of modern electric cars are not a downside any longer. But, there are some electric cars that are exceptionally quick on a quarter mile and some even quicker off the mark 0-100 km/h.

Tesla Model S P100D is faster than modified street racers

Tesla Model S

I recently posted a video on my Facebook page that spread far and wide on a gutted Tesla Model S P100D electric car. It was a completely stock standard with only two lightweight racing seats in it. In the video, it can be seen leaving custom street racing cars such as Mustangs and a Nissan GT-R in the dust. Many of the street racing cars were modified, and there was even one with a nitrous system. None of these modified cars could match the all-wheel-drive electric monster. The Tesla Model S P100D has a 0-100 km/h sprint time of a mere 2.5 seconds, talk about a fast production car.

However criticized, the only factor brought up by the electric car rivals was the fact that the Tesla was an all-wheel-drive vehicle. It had an advantage on the uneven and debris-filled road. That aside the P100D proved itself to be an extremely capable and very fast car.

The Model S P100D is, at present, Tesla’s fastest-accelerating vehicle. It really is stupid fast, well, from what I can tell anyway. It also currently boasts the largest battery capacity at 100 kWh.

Tesla Model S P100D (with Ludicrous) is also faster than production supercars

So the ultimate test was a video posted by motor trend that proves that this very electric car, the Tesla Model S P100D, is in fact faster than the greatest production supercars on a quarter mile. That is Ludicrous!!! Watch the Worlds Greatest Drag Race..


Here are some other electric cars that will embarrass ‘normal’ cars:

Tesla Model 3 electric car

Tesla Model 3

The Model 3 is Tesla’s first affordable electric car going into production this year. It’s first final-production images were released in July this year by the company’s CEO, Elon Musk. The first 30 units all went to Tesla employees. It was announced at the time that the plan was to produce 100 cars in August and more than 1,500 cars in September. The ultimate goal is to produce 20,000 electric cars by the end of December 2017. The Model 3 is expected to hit South African shores by 2019, and I’m hell-bent on owning one.

The Model 3 has a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.6 seconds. This time is double that of the Model S P100D operating in Ludicrous Mode. While its under-six-seconds time isn’t one to put into the record books, it does, however, put it in the league of the Germans. Such cars like the BMW 330i and the Audi A3 Cabriolet.

The Model 3 also has a range of 350 km’s – which is something South Africans will deem better next to the 140km’s of the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3. One of the things that have probably not made it’s offering that appealing, is the fact that most South Africans travel long distances on a daily basis. But as a day to day commuter, the Model 3 is more than capable on range.

The Tesla Model 3 falls in the same US price range of the BMW 320i. In the States, the Model 3 goes for $35 000 (roughly R46000). In the USA car buyers will also benefit from a federal discount close to $7 500 (just under R10 000) to encourage the move to electric vehicles. Let’s hope South Africa also offers tax incentives.

Jaguar I-Pace 

Jaguar-i-pace electric cars

Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) first all-electric vehicle will achieve a 0-100 km/h sprint in 4 seconds. The Jaguar outperforms the Tesla’s Model X 75D and 90D which does 0-100 km/h in 6 seconds and 4.8 seconds respectively.

The I-Pace SUV is a pure-electric vehicle that is based on a new platform. Its main competitor is the Model X. Unlike the Tesla Model S sedan and Model X SUV, the I-Pace has a short sloped bonnet. The JLR features a “cab-forward design.” which makes for a more spacious cabin.

The I-Pace is fitted with some hardware that comes out of the F-Pace SUV such as its suspension system. Its 90kWh lithium ion battery has been developed in-house and makes use of pouch cells for its energy density and efficiency. From a 50kW charging point, the battery can be charged to 80 percent in 90 minutes and will achieve a full charge in a little over two hours. The I-Pace can also run for at least 480 kilometers on a single charge.

The battery pack powers two 200 hp electric motors mounted between each axle. It has a total power output of 400 hp and 700Nm of torque via the all-wheel drive system.

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa has confirmed its first all-electric and hybrid models will arrive in South Africa by 2019. In an apparent interview with Business Insider, Joe Eberhardt, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, said pricing “will be comparable to luxury offerings from brands like Porsche.” Its starting price will be just under $100,000, or roughly R1.3 million.

Formula E

Formula E 1 racecar

Let’s get on to racing now, official, legal racing that is. Electric cars now even have their own racing series. Many performance automakers are also making the shift to Formula E. Not that F1, WRX or WEC are dead. That is still going relatively well where even, in recent news, Porsche wants to get back onto the F1 track.

The Formula E/Formula E Championship is made up of pure electric powered cars. Sanctioned by FIA, the championship began in 2014. In terms of numbers, Formula E cars rocket from 0-100 km/h in approximately 3 seconds or less. With 200 kW at their feet, the maximum speed of these cars, as governed by FIA, is limited to 225 km/h. The cost of one of these cars is around R5 million.

Spark Racing Technologies, the builders of the Formula E cars, have been working on the second-generation models for next year. It is the same company that created the first car that the racing series is now based on. The French company has mentioned that the new cars will be lighter and make more efficient use of its battery.

Several companies such as Sony, McLaren, and Atieva are working on a new battery pack. A battery pack that will allow drivers to complete the race without having to stop and switch to a charged car. Season 6 (2019–2020) is also likely to see new competitors like Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Renault, and not forgetting startups Faraday Future and NextEV are currently competing.

Rimac Concept One

Rimac Concept One

Most people hadn’t even heard of Rimac prior to Richard Hammond crashing one of eight while filming The Grand Tour.  The Rimac Concept One puts out power of 900 kW and 1600 Nm of torque. The Bugatti Chiron has the same maximum torque but over 200 kW more torque.

Its 0-100 km/h time is a mere 2.5 seconds and it has a top speed of 355 km/h with a range of 350 km.


These electric cars are like a prophecy of things to come in the future. Years of development and testing have gone into these new machines and it would be plain silly to underestimate the capabilities and disruptive uses for electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles also don’t have the problem of losing power at different altitudes like internal-combustion engines, so the Joburg boy racers don’t need to worry about turbos. Electric cars are extraordinarily capable and will in the future send internal-combustion (fossils) engines the way of the dinosaur.

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