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Telsa just beat Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche in the World’s Greatest Drag Race

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Once upon a time, electric vehicles were considered, well, kinda boring. Tesla has managed to change that in a big way thanks to a lineup of sleek, capable cars that are actually fun to drive, but if you’ve got a lead foot and a thirst for speed, would you really consider a Tesla before the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes, and McLaren? If the results of Motor Trend‘s “World’s Greatest Drag Race” are any indication, the answer is a resounding “YES.”

The race, which has become an annual event for the automotive publication, pits the fastest new cars against each other in a single quarter-mile sprint to crown a champion. This year’s throwdown included tire-smoking cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Nissan GT-R NISMO, and the Aston Martin DB11. With twelve gas-guzzlers on the starting line, Motor Trend decided to slip in a car that does things a little differently: the Tesla Model S P100D.

When the dust settled, the P100D stood triumphant, edging out the Ferrari and Porsche 911 by just fractions of a second, with the rest of the pack trailing behind the leading trio. Its victory, while certainly worthy of celebration for Tesla, was almost a no-brainer thanks to the fact that the P100D already holds Motor Trend’s record for fastest 0-to-60 acceleration. That said, over a longer sprint, the Tesla would likely have handed over the lead to Ferrari’s monster.

If it wasn’t already abundantly clear that electric vehicles have a massive advantage when it comes to acceleration, this test should clear things right up, but I’d have to imagine anyone in the market for a new Ferrari, Aston Martin, or Porsche probably has their heart set on something with cylinders and an exhaust pipe.

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today,, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

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