Fastest Cars In The World

Where does Tesla’s new Model S P100D rank among the world’s fastest cars?

By on August 24, 2016 at 10:08 AM.

Where does Tesla’s new Model S P100D rank among the world’s fastest cars?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk once boasted that Tesla doesn’t know how to make slow cars; and true to form, Tesla on Tuesday announced a new 100kWh battery option that ups the already impressive 0-60 time on the Model S to record levels. With the new P100D option, a Tesla Model S in Ludicrous mode can go from 0-60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds flat, easily making it the fastest production car on the planet.

In light of Tesla’s jaw-dropping announcement, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at the world’s fastest cars. Note that in putting together this list we’re not looking at overall top speed, but raw acceleration from 0-60 off the starting line. Also note that while there are two cars that can best Tesla’s Model S, the Model S is the fastest car that you can pick up today brand new.

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Faraday Future Prototype Car

This might be a first glipse of Faraday Future’s mysterious Tesla-killer

By on August 23, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

This might be a first glipse of Faraday Future’s mysterious Tesla-killer

Tesla may be at the forefront of the electric car revolution, but there are plenty of companies looking to create similar products. One of them is the recently announced Faraday Future, which plans to launch electric vehicles of its own in the future. One of them might be the following prototype, which was spotted driving around Los Angeles wearing heavy camouflage.

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Tesla P100D 0-60

Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world

By on August 23, 2016 at 3:37 PM.

Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world

Teslas have always been fast. But with the addition of a new 100kWh battery option for the Model S, Tesla now builds a car that can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. That’s about as fast as it takes you to even say “P100D.”

The bigger battery and faster Ludicrous mode is the biggest part of new updates unveiled today. The new battery option will be available in both the Model S and Model X starting immediately, with those cars running at $134,5000 and $135,500 respectively. Older P90D versions can be upgraded for the low, low price of $20,000.

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Tesla Model S Leasing Plans

Tesla’s new offer will tide you over until your Model 3 arrives

By on August 22, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Tesla’s new offer will tide you over until your Model 3 arrives

Hundreds of thousands of people have pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3, which means hundreds of thousands of people are currently waiting impatiently for their next car. The two-year wait is a long time to be without new wheels, so Tesla has a new offer that should help pass the time.

For a limited time, the company will offer two-year leases on the Model S and Model X. It’s not explicitly angled at people waiting for a Model 3, but it’s a solid way for buyers who can’t wait two years to get in a Tesla for less than $600 a month.

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Tesla Model S Stolen

Two Model S cars were stolen despite Tesla’s advanced tech

By on August 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Two Model S cars were stolen despite Tesla’s advanced tech

You’d have thought that nobody can steal your Tesla thanks to its advanced tracking system. Thieves foolish enough to try to get away with it could be easily caught with the help of the on-board GPS. However, that’s not really the case. Tesla cars are incredibly valuable, which means thieves will do whatever it takes to grab one and leave no traces behind. In fact, at least two such thefts have already been reported in Europe. More →

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Tesla Autopilot

Another week, another Tesla crash involving Autopilot

By on August 19, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Another week, another Tesla crash involving Autopilot

It seems that we can’t even go a week these days without hearing about yet another Tesla crash involving the company’s Autopilot software. The latest incident comes to us by way of Texas where Model S owner Mark Molthan turned on his car’s Autopilot feature while driving down a highway during ideal weather conditions. During a bend in the road, the Model S didn’t adjust to the turn and slammed into a guard rail.

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Tesla Autopilot 2.0

Tesla’s advanced Autopilot 2.0 features may be available as a retrofit on older models

By on August 18, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Tesla’s advanced Autopilot 2.0 features may be available as a retrofit on older models

The autonomous driving software that powers Tesla vehicles will be getting a huge upgrade once Tesla rolls out the second iteration of its Autopilot software. Not only will the software itself be smarter, but it will be bolstered by enhanced hardware that will come in the form of additional radar units and camera systems all around the car.

Tesla’s updated Autopilot software is reportedly in beta testing at the moment and will also accompany an updated UI on the dash that will more accurately display other cars on the road along with the direction and angle they are moving in. Other rumored features include the ability to identify and react to both stop signs and traffic lights.

All that said, current Tesla owners with Autopilot enabled vehicles may naturally be wondering if they’ll soon be left using outdated, and in turn, riskier hardware once Tesla vehicles fitted with the company’s latest and greatest hardware begin rolling off the line.

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Tesla Autopilot Fail

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot take on one of America’s most treacherous roads

By on August 18, 2016 at 1:21 PM.

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot take on one of America’s most treacherous roads

Compared to similar offerings out there, Tesla’s Autopilot system is a cut above the rest. The system is hardly perfect and Tesla has been the target of plenty of critics who continue to pan the company, saying it uses its customers as beta testers. Tesla warns drivers that its Autopilot solution is not a fully autonomous system, and it recommends that drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their foot near the brake at all times. Accidents involving Autopilot are still widely publicized though, especially the recent fatal Model S crash we’ve all heard so much about.

With an Autopilot 2.0 system on the way, Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system will continue to be widely covered by the media in the coming months, and everyone is excited to see the progress the company has made. In the meantime, people continue to push the limits of Autopilot and a new video pits Tesla’s semi-autonomous tech against one of the most treacherous highways in America. More →

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Free Uber Self-Driving Rides

Self-driving Uber rides are coming this summer, and they’ll be free of charge

By on August 18, 2016 at 8:10 AM.

Self-driving Uber rides are coming this summer, and they’ll be free of charge

“The reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car,” Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick infamously said in mid-2014 during an interview. The statement may have seemed overly insensitive for that other dude in the car that made Uber a hit service. But Kalanick was also right. And it looks like Uber will be the first company in the world that will make self-driving rides available to the public. They’ll be available in Pittsburgh this summer, and they’ll be free of charge. Oh, and to make it all happen, Uber is putting two other dudes in the car with you. More →

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla just hired a key Apple engineer to help improve Model 3 reliability

By on August 17, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Tesla just hired a key Apple engineer to help improve Model 3 reliability

With Tesla now planning to manufacture 500,000 cars by 2018 — an ambitious goal to say the least — the company will need to get a much better handle on quality control issues. Especially with the highly anticipated Model 3 release looming on the horizon, Tesla will have to do everything in its power to ensure that the Model 3 doesn’t experience the same type of quality control issues that plagued the Model X when it launched not too long ago.

Over the past few years, Tesla has been afforded quite a bit of slack with respect to quality control problems, in part because the company was relatively new and in part because its pool of passionate users seemed willing to overlook quite a bit. But with upwards of 400,00o reservations for the Model 3 alone, Tesla’s grace period has arguably come and gone and the company will need to be at the top of its game if the Model 3 is to become the EV for the mass market that Tesla has long envisioned.

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Tesla Model S Races

Forget Tesla, Rimac’s Concept One EV is the speed demon of our dreams

By on August 16, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Forget Tesla, Rimac’s Concept One EV is the speed demon of our dreams

At this point, you might be forgiven for thinking that Tesla’s Model S has run out of things to race against. Over the past few months, we’ve seen a Tesla race a Boeing 737 down a runway, a Model S take on a motorcycle (it wasn’t even close) and even a Model S race (and get smoked by) a McLaren 650S.

But seemingly every week, a new Tesla race video emerges, and like Pavlolv’s dog, we can’t help but watch again and again. The latest installment of a Tesla Model S being put to the test comes to us courtesy of Archie Hamilton Racing who recently decided to pit the fastest Tesla available — a Model S  P90D in Ludicrous Mode — against the fastest electric car on the planet, a Concept_One car from Rimac.

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Tesla Model S Fire

A Tesla Model S burst into flames while someone was test driving it

By on August 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM.

A Tesla Model S burst into flames while someone was test driving it

Over the weekend, a Tesla Model S 90D in France while it was being taken out for a test drive. In a post originally published to Reddit, the Model S was driving along with three passengers in the car when, all of a sudden there was a loud noise followed by a message on the dash which said, “Problems with charging.”

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Volvo S90 Self Driving

Taking a page from Tesla’s playbook, Volvo now advertises its cars as ‘self-driving’

By on August 12, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Taking a page from Tesla’s playbook, Volvo now advertises its cars as ‘self-driving’

For as much as people hate on Tesla, it’s impossible to ignore that the company’s success has had a discernible impact on the auto industry at large. Tesla may have started out as a curiosity, but the resounding success of the Model S helped convince big time auto manufacturers to take electric vehicles more seriously.

Another area where Tesla has had an impact on the auto industry is in regards to self-driving car technology. While some of the features that came with the original incarnation of Tesla’s Autopilot suite were already available in some luxury cars, Tesla’s implementation of self-driving features was by far the broadest and most ambitious.

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