• Dec 4, 2008
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Quick! What's the hottest electric car currently on the market? Did you say the Tesla Roadster? You may in fact be right, but there's another contender that you should consider before making up your mind so quickly. The fish-shaped all-electric Tango by Commuter Cars Corporation might not be as much of a looker as the Roadster, but it may be a quicker in a straight line. Need proof? Take a look at the video after the break of a Tango going up head-to-head with a Tesla Roadster to see which green drag-racer came out the victor -- you may be surprised. It bears noting that this particular Roadster was equipped with drivetrain V.1, not the updated 1.5 that would improve performance considerably. For what it's worth, an official record was set by the Tesla Roadster on this pass, though we know the car can do even better. The Tesla's owner and driver, Jorg Brown, also knows that it's got more in it. For an accurate depiction of just how quick Silicon Valley's electric car can be, click here.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ummm....that 0-140 time would make it faster than a Bugatti Veyron.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Funny thing is, it wasn't the only EV there that day. And it wasn't even the fastest. Then the rain came and everybody had to stop.

        Then again, the Tango takes the Tesla so it's probably not much of a surprise.
      • 6 Years Ago
      are the tail lights on the tango off an isuzu rodeo?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wouldn't surprise me. All head and taillights used on US vehicles must be DOT certified. Even if they pass all the regs, you also must get them tested. This costs money. Because of this, small-volume cars usually use taillights off other vehicles.

        For example the Th!nk City used the same taillights as a Lamborghini Diablo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        don't forget the tail lights on the aston martin virage and the VW scirroco. and the Rover SD1 3500/lotus esprit and the noble M12/hyundai sonata (in the usa at least)...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Roadster will top out at 163mph. I only know because when one of the magazines was testing it, we were at the same track testing another car. Unfortunately, it started raining and I didn't get it on video, but if I remember correctly, it'll do 0-140mph in 8 seconds on a full-charge (it was trailered out). Don't ask why or how, because Tesla says it'll top out at 125. Also, this was with the previous drivetrain, not the 1.5.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If anyhting, you are confusing mph with kph.
      • 6 Years Ago
      quietest. drag race. ever.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1
        • 6 Years Ago
        I actually checked to see if my speakers were plugged in...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Any drag race where people can be heard throughout engaging in polite conversation is a drag race I don't want to be at.
      • 6 Years Ago
      krasmo .. you beat me on correcting the guy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I consider myself responsible when it comes to taking consideration of the environment, but if being 'green' looks like that can of crap smart-car-beat-with-an-ugly-stick, I'll buy a TDI or something...walking would be better. Taking these on a drag strip shouldn't be allowed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That was the quietest drag race I've ever heard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. You guys know nothing about drag racing. The Tango got a head start, it's called BRACKET RACING, where they let the slower car go first.

      DURRR!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        actually, in the video.... you see the front of the tesla jump at the same time as the other. PLus the the announcer says its a heads up race.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Even in bracket racing, both cars take off at the same time.

        DURR!

        I should know - I won a bracket racing contest at Famosa outside of Bakersfield in 1994.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "the slower car in the race is given the green light before the faster car by a margin of the difference between their two dial-in times, so that if both were perfect, the cars would cross the line dead even"

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T._bracket_race

        DURRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

        The Tango dialed
        • 6 Years Ago
        If it wasn't bracket racing, why did the win light come on on the Tesla's scoreboard, when the Tango clearly got there first?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've driven both. I drove the Tesla (Jorg's, the one in the video) 2nd. My impression driving the Tesla was how fast it WASN'T.

      Not that the Tesla is slow, it's quicker than my car. But it wasn't as fast as the Tango. I do agree the drivetrain change could rectify that.

      Jorg also owns a Tango, but not the one in the pic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh Yeah. I drove both of them too!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, what did you think of the transmission in the Tango? Or the way you load cargo in it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Next they should race against the dodge EV.
        • 6 Years Ago
        cars, no matter what's powering them, will be raced. It's what this car culture does. People have raced every form of transportation so this is just the same old trick with a new dog.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I didn't realize the EV thing was about straight line acceleration. I thought it was about alternative means for powering your vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd be worried of a cross wind knocking the Tango on its side
        • 6 Years Ago
        That, and you sure as hell wouldn't score any style points driving a Tango. Maybe eco-freak points though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can't tip it over. We had two people pushing on the top of it on one side at the same time, and you can't even get one set of wheels off the ground.

        It's very stable, because there are lead-acid batteries just inches off the ground between the rear wheels (visible in the video above).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Was everybody "shocked"?
      ROFL

      I'm on fire!
      My Jokes are "electrifying".

      The Tango stole the Tesla's "thunder"
      LMAO

        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry. I just had a "Jolt" of Energy.

        LOLXD
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ohm my god, man.

        Let's keep the jokes current and try not to have them met with too much resistance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        hahahah
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