They come from two different worlds and have little in common. The Tesla Model S P85 is the sportiest version of this paradigm-punching sedan from California, while the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 is a performance-enhanced version of Michigan's recently-updated sports car stalwart. The West Coast car seats five adults and eats electrons like Popeye eats spinach, the Easterner has two passenger places and, surprisingly, sips gasoline like one might bourbon.

An attribute they do happen to share is extreme quickness. This similarity is all the excuse Drag Times needed to set the vehicles beside each other at the Palm Beach International Raceway for a bit of mano-a-mano quarter-mile combat. Fortunately enough, cameras were rolling for each of two bouts down the blacktop and the results recorded for our edification and enlightenment.

The winner? We won't spoil it for you, but let's just say it's really, really close. How close? Scroll below and watch the video for yourself. Just be warned, the results may surprise you.



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      me
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not actually surprised... Rode in a tesla s and it made me hit my head on the headrest... It just snaps... No warning no noise no build up
      Echelon Bob
      • 10 Months Ago
      You really have to hand it to Tesla. They could have built an uninteresting electric car like the others, just focusing on eMPG. (For example, you don't see a Leaf putting down these times at the drag strip.) Instead, they looked at all the unique advantages that electric drive offers, and doubled up on them. Very cool!
        gmejia324
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Echelon Bob
        uhm, for 100k+ the car better be interesting and fast. A leaf is 1/3 the price so your comparison is quite silly.
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Tesla left early on the first pass. Good races, though.
      Grendal
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Model S has a 0-60 of 4 seconds. The Roadster which is actually more similar to the Vette being a two seater sportscar was even faster with a 0-60 of 3.4 seconds.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Anyone who knows drag racing knows the driver lost on the reaction times. He won both races by .3
        JakeY
        • 10 Months Ago
        He lost the first race because of slow reaction time. You don't win a drag race just because you have a lower ET, you win by crossing the finish line first.
        raktmn
        • 10 Months Ago
        That is correct. With all the performance advantages of a 2 door sports car over a large 5-door family sedan that can carry 5 adults plus 2 children, the best the vette could do was +.3 I can't wait for the second generation of the Tesla Roadster to hit the streets. The same P85 drivetrain in a proper 2 door sports car will be a stunning vehicle.
      • 10 Months Ago
      THATS SOOOOO FUNNY!!! a vet got beat by an electric car and almost twice. lol don't get me wrong...I love the vet but come on, what can beat or almost beat a vet nowadays?? lol nothing except...a electric family car. lol I want one...but in a vet body...I know I know...the roaring, that awesome push from the tires, the exhaust hauling ass, but that's old school now. we don't need gas anymore and im a rx-7 guy. a gas hogging 1.3 liter. lol
      mbukukanyau
      • 10 Months Ago
      Instant Torque of electric motors. The EV Chevrolet Spark packs 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) at roughly 100 RPM. So, if you disabled the Launch Nanny and gave it more grip, it would outrun anything. Tesla Model S packs Max. torque, 317 lb·ft (430 N·m) at roughly 100 RPM, so before you even Rev your Gasoline motor, its gone.
        m_2012
        • 10 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        In this case, 443 lb-ft at 0RPM-5100RPM.
      Pete
      • 10 Months Ago
      Everyone is getting so butt sore over this comparison. I'm just happy both cars are made in the US, and their both pretty sweet!
      heavychevy
      • 10 Months Ago
      this is awsome, i wish more model s drivers would venture into some closed course competition. you can clearly see the weight advantage of the chevy in the last hundered feet of track, its still pulling like its in second gear!
      David Donovan
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm amazed as to how many "car guys" on here keep on saying that the Tesla jumped the gun. Ummm.....if that were the case a little red light would come on on the tree which it did not. IIRC the time slip showed a R/T of .005 which is basically perfect
      mbukukanyau
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Corvette can easily Crash the Tesla, but it requires skill in addition to mashing the throttle pedal. The Tesla, you just need to slam in the throttle and you are off. In the corvette, it all depends on your skill level. Both are a testament to US engineering prowess.
      CoolWaters
      • 10 Months Ago
      Which proves the point that the TESLA is the future. You're racing a sedan, against the Full Technical Might of GM's RACE CAR.
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