With all the bad news
lately, you might want to hear something positive for a change. We told you last week about a Roadster heading out to the Wednesday night drags at Infineon Raceway
. The orange Roadster recorded a pretty respectable elapsed time of 12.757 seconds over the quarter mile. Tesla SVP Darryl Siry sent us a scanned copy of the time slip for the run. The car itself was validation prototype #13 and it was driven by Tesla engineer Iain Morrison. The car had the updated 1.5 drivetrain with the high torque motor and single speed gearbox. As an inexperienced drag racer, Morrison's reaction time of 0.764 sec was nothing to write home about, but drag racing turns out to be a lot harder than it looks as I found out last spring
. The 2.058 second 60 ft time and 12.757 sec quarter mile time were in the ball park of the best I managed with a 530
hp Shelby GT500
as was the 104.74 mph trap speed. The Roadster may not have the range to go endurance racing, but it makes a pretty decent drag car.