No matter what your opinion of electric cars is, the one thing that you cannot argue is that they come equipped with obscene amounts of instant torque. Even a staunch EV hater would find it difficult to suppress a smile that would inevitably come from experiencing launch mode in a Tesla. It is just the way of the world.
Since electric cars have such high torque, delivered in a prompt fashion, they naturally do quite well in drag racing. There are plenty of videos on YouTube of small Teslas and other EVs embarrassing muscle cars on the drag strip. So, what happens when two formidable EVs line up against each other? In the latest DragTimes video, the crew pit a Rimac Nevera and a Tesla Model S Plaid to find out which EV would win.
There has been lots of talk about the upcoming Tesla Roadster, but another electric hypercar has flown under the radar. It is called the “Nevera” from Croatian manufacturer Rimac Automobili. Unlike the Tesla Roadster, there are several examples of the Nevera out in the wild right now.
The Nevera is equipped with four electric motors, which combine for a total output of 1,914 horsepower and a ground-cracking 1,740 ft-lbs of torque. Rimac claims the Nevera will get from a dead stop to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds and will do a quarter-mile in 8.6 seconds. That means if you gave a Nevera to Dominic Toretto, he’d owe you change. Rimac Automobili only plans to make 150 Nevera coupes, and each one commands a price of about 2.4 million dollars.
Tesla Model S Plaid
Until the Tesla Roadster is released, the Tesla Model S sits at the top of the EV maker’s lineup. To satisfy Tesla buyers looking for speed, Tesla previously released a version of the Model S called the “P100D.” However, their latest Tesla S Plaid goes far beyond what the P100D is capable of.
The Tesla Model S Plaid has three electric motors that add up to 1,090 horsepower and 1,050 ft-lbs of torque. The Model S Plaid can hit 60 mph in 1.99 seconds. It took you longer to read that last sentence than it would for a Model S Plaid to reach highway speed. Math majors will notice that the Tesla Model S Plaid numbers do not quite measure up to the Nevera. However, The Model S Plaid is a practical car, so it has more space than the Nevera and much more range.
Tesla Model S Plaid versus Rimac Nevera
Before the race, the crew at DragTimes speculate which car will win and their predictions are unsurprising. On paper, it looks like the Nevera has a significant edge over Tesla’s luxury sedan. However, perhaps the more interesting angle to think of this race is just how close can the Model S Plaid get to the Rimac Auomobilli Nevera?
If the Model S Plaid can manage a close finish against the Nevera, that is a huge “win” for Tesla; Especially, considering that the Nevera has nearly double the horsepower and costs more than 15 times the price. We won’t spoil the outcome, but we will say that this was a very entertaining match-up to watch.