Tesla unleashes 'Ludicrous Mode'
Two of Tesla's upcoming models will be sold with a new Ludicrous Mode. The Model S P85D and the Model X SUV will both come with a Ludicrous option, which offers impressively improved performance - the kind that rivals standard supercars.
The Model S, which already comes with an Insane Mode, will see its 0-60mph cut by 10% to 2.8 seconds. Raising the electric car's max amperage from 1300amps to 1500amps allows the electric saloon to pull a hilarious 1.1G of acceleration.
The Model X, when Ludicrous Mode is activated, will be able to out-accelerate a Porsche 911, hitting 60mph in under 3.4 seconds. Astounding, when the SUV is expected to weigh more than a Range Rover. This thrust comes from two separate electric motors mounted on each axle, driving all four wheels in an “incredibly precise and accurate application of power and traction”. Though Tesla haven't yet announced the exact technical specifications of the Model X’s powertrain, the SUV might well use the same one as the P85D. If so, the combined two motors would produce 682bhp, and give a single charge range of 300 miles.
On a quick side note, the production Model X is going to keep the prototype's ingenious ‘falcon doors’, which lift upwards, away from the car’s body. Beautiful and practical, they are designed so that “you can get in and out in the tightest garage or parking spot without hitting the wall or car next to you, or your head”.
Unfortunately, the enhancement comes at a cost. The upgrade includes fitting a special fuse to cope with the increased power. Existing Model S P85D owners will be offered the upgrade to Ludicrous Mode for a (very roughly) estimated £3,500. New Tesla customers can take the option for (again roughly) around £6,500.
Advance orders for the Model X are open, with deliveries being made next year, and requiring a reserve payment of £4,000. Musk also confirmed that Tesla's Model 3 will go into production sometime in 2017.
Even without Ludicrous Mode, the Model S can beat most supercars to 60mph. To prove it, Autocar drag raced one against a Caterham 620R, which you can watch here.