New Tesla Race Car Can Do 0-62mph in 2.1 seconds

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Yes, it’s a real Tesla race car, set for the Electric GT championship that’ll kick off later this year. And golly, have they gone all out.

The top speed may only be 155mph, but it’s the acceleration that’ll make these cars worth watching. 0-62mph is dispatched in just 2.1 seconds, and mid-range punch should be nothing less than immense. That’s thanks in part to 778bhp and 734lb ft, but also thanks to a serious weight-shedding program.

How serious? Well, most of the interior is gone, bar the screen and the bits that make it go, stop and steer. The steering wheel is race-spec, of course, as are the cooling and suspension systems underneath. There’s also that gigantic, DTM-spec rear wing, and all the body panels are flared and flanged.

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Apart from these mods (which, in the scheme of racing, aren’t actually very severe) the cars belting around the circuit will be standard P100Ds. And, in case you were wondering which tracks we’re talking about, here’s a selection: Nürburgring, Catalunya, Zandvoort, Mugello, Estoril, Paul Ricard and Brands Hatch.

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There’ll be two races at each track – a morning and evening session – with each kept to 37 miles in length. That means no battery-saving driving, just all-out attack from each of the 20 drivers. Each of the P100Ds will be identical as well, so there’ll be no domination of the series with better tech. At least, to begin with.

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