Drag And Rolling Race – Tesla P85D vs BMW i8 – Video
When dealing with an electric car like the Tesla Model S there’s an advantage at play if you’re drag racing from a standing from a dead stop. That’s because electric motors don’t need to rev up to get to their maximum power both in torque and horsepower.
Add an all-wheel drive as we see on the Tesla P85D and you’ll see all sorts of crazy things happening, even though the Tesla weighs 4,936 lbs (2,239 kg). On the other hand, the BMW i8 is also a special car to take a closer look at.
That’s because it also has an electric motor. However, that’s only to complement the tiny 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged internal combustion plant under the hood. It’s a motor that makes 131 HP and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, nowhere close to what the Tesla puts out
The BMW i8 is also all-wheel drive when in Sport mode but if you’re to add up the power outputs you’ll notice the vast differences. The BMW can rely on a maximum output of 362 HP and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque. On the other hand, the Tesla P85D has 691 HP and 931 Nm (687 lb-ft) of torque at its disposal. That’s nearly twice as much.
Check out this cool info-graphic of these two cars in the photo below:
Race from standing start: