Tesla Model S challenges a 90's single-seater

Tesla Model S challenges a 90's single-seater

The Tesla Model S flagship continues to be highly regarded on the Internet in the inevitable duels between supercars or, as in this case, luxury and racing cars. For its film comparison, the YouTube channel Driven Media chose the Formula 1 car driven by Gerhard Berger at the end of the 90s, the famous Benetton B197 equipped with a classic, absolutely thermal V10 engine. The challenge with the symbol of electric speed, fresh from confirmation at Pikes Peak, offered some interesting results.

In the classic quarter-mile shot, so dear to Dominic Toretto in Fast & Furious, the Model S P100D showed what it's like to have a truly instant pair. Thanks to the fact that the electric motors do not have to reach a certain number of revolutions to give their maximum, the more than 900 newton meters are discharged to the ground immediately "burning" the opponent. But as soon as the Formula 1 tires warm up, the recovery of the vintage single-seater is taken for granted.

The latter, despite its age, benefits from the low weight and aerodynamic solutions totally absent on a car standard. And these elements have a clear relevance in tests such as braking and agility through the cones, which are also present in the video. The Tesla flagship, given its size, struggles in sudden maneuvers at high speed while the Formula 1 car quietly follows its "track".

Although the entire test is a simple curiosity for passionate about motors, demonstrates the enormous changes that have taken place in the automotive world in recent years. The mere fact that an electric car can stand up (albeit briefly) to a Formula 1 single-seater was science fiction until recently. Furthermore, we are sure that if the Benetton in question were faced with a Model S Plaid prepared for the race, some results could change significantly.

In any case, it is interesting to think about what milestones will be achieved in the near future on the EV front and not just by Tesla. As research and development accelerates and these cars become more popular, it won't take long for "Formula 1" performance to become the norm. Certainly it will not happen on cars aimed at the general public, but the next supercars will have a lot to say.