Yes, folks, you read that headline right. A souped up battery-electric version of a Mazda Miata took down a Tesla Model S on a quarter-mile drag strip. And it wasn't even close.

Road Test TV was kind enough to post a video of a forest-green Miata (and its very stoked driver) doing a quarter-mile run in a rather brisk 9.27 seconds, beating the Model S sedan by a whopping 3.5 seconds in the process. And the Mazda crossed the finish line moving at 142 miles per hour, or 40 miles per hour faster than the Tesla was going when it finished the race. It's a good thing for the Tesla owner that they weren't racing for pink slips.

Granted, the comparison is probably an unfair one because the Tesla was a stock, production vehicle (the P85 Performance model, but still), whereas who knows how the Miata was juiced up and how much cash it took to do the job. It's sort of like putting, say, an automotive writer against Usain Bolt because we ate the same breakfast and share 99 percent of our DNA. Still, the video does lend a certain credence to the idea that a battery-electric, super-light, rear-wheel-drive Miata would be a lot of fun, or at least a heck of lot more fun than any other Mazda out there. We're just sayin'. Check out the 100-second video below, and remember not to blink.



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      Vanquished
      • 5 Months Ago
      Alright, lets gas it up and have another go! Oh wait....
      81waldron
      • 5 Months Ago
      Both times are impressive for their own reasons. That Miata moves so quick it almost looks like a cheesy action movie scene from the 60s where the director merely speeds up the film to make the action look quick. The Tesla on the other hand? A 12 second fully electric luxe barge bone stock? Crazy awesome.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 5 Months Ago
        @81waldron
        The Tesla P85+ accelerates basically like a corvette - i've been in one and it was a freaking riot! That makes the Miata just so much more insane.
      Pavel
      • 5 Months Ago
      Drag strip miata special is nice, but that 4 door sedan ran 12s on stock tires...
      Mark
      • 5 Months Ago
      A real smoke eh.
      Grendal
      • 5 Months Ago
      Eventually Tesla will make a new Roadster and that will be pretty quick. I doubt even that will beat this EV drag racer Miata since it is designed to rip down a drag strip. It should be pretty darn quick though and a lot of fun to drive.
        Joeviocoe
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        You can go to extreme power/weight ratios when you only need to go in a straight line, and not need to worry about being street legal... No need to add extra weight to pass a NHTSA crash test, or actually protect a driver with a family.
      jthomas35712
      • 5 Months Ago
      I hope that Tesla manufactures a new lightweight two-seater in the future. Lots of carbon fiber, a battery with more horsepower, excellent suspension, decent range, super fast charging, etc. More, more, more of everything. I want Tesla to make vehicles that can do EVERYTHING todays cars can do. I bet Tesla can get er done in the next decade or so.
        Joeviocoe
        • 5 Months Ago
        @jthomas35712
        It is called the Roadster... and will be due for a reboot in 3-4 years.
      FordGo
      • 5 Months Ago
      Two forklift motors, more torque to the ground? Smaller car. Less frontal area = better aerodynamics.
        spannermonkeyuk
        • 5 Months Ago
        @FordGo
        The shape matters as much as the area. The drag-area of The Miata is about 0.58 m^2, which is quite low, but the Model S is 0.58 m^2 too. It's much bigger, but much more slippery!
      PeterScott
      • 5 Months Ago
      I am more impressed with the sub 13 from stock sedan, than a car modded specifically for the drag strip beating it.
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 5 Months Ago
      I know we known this for a few years now but....that big ass electric sedan just ran a quarter in under 13 seconds....
      mawhalen53
      • 5 Months Ago
      Can't say I'm shocked by the result... I'm here all week folks
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 5 Months Ago
      Heaven's, someone please tell me this headline is not so!
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 5 Months Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        The Model S did not do a burnout. Hee, he, he, those tires on the P85 are 500 dollars apiece or at least they are on the P85+ model.
      Ben Crockett
      • 5 Months Ago
      The shute on the Mazda kind of gives it away... As said good examples of what can be achieved.
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