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Guess Who Won a Drag Race Between a Tesla and a 737

The Tesla Model S P90D is an electric car with dual motors that allows drivers to shift into “Ludicrous” mode. Seriously, that’s what it’s called. The Model S puts out the electric equivalent of 503 horsepower to the rear wheels and 259 to the front wheels. It can go from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and tops out at 155 miles per hour. The Model S is also the halo model that sets the standard for entry-level cars like the not-at-all-dorky Tesla 3.

But the real question everyone wants to know is, how does it do against a Boeing jet? To figure out the answer, Australian airline Qantas pitted a Boeing 737-800 from its fleet against the Tesla on the 1.8-mile runway at an airport in Melbourne.

The drag race was a back-and-forth affair but since the Tesla can’t, you know, fly, the plane ended up winning in the end. The point of the exercise was to celebrate Qantas’s collaboration with Elon Musk’s car company, which grants Qantas Club membership to Model S owners and will allow Tesla to help offset the emissions from Qantas corporate travel in Australia.


Justin Tejada is a writer and editor based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter at @just_tejada.

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