In a video uploaded to the Tesla Plaid YouTube Channel, a Tesla Model S Plaid takes on a purple Dodge Charger Hellcat at Showtime Drag Strip. It's a good night for drag racing, and the Tesla came to play.

Let's Go Racing: Tesla Plaid Vs Charger Hellcat

On a cool winter's evening in late February, tire smoke fills the air along with the rumble of high-octane engines. But the Tesla Plaid is a silent sleeper, ready to battle the fastest cars at the strip. The Plaid's first victim of the evening was a purple Dodge Charger Hellcat on Nitto NT555R drag radials and an aftermarket cold air intake which the Plaid driver estimates at about 700 horsepower. The Plaid driver predicts the Hellcat will make a low 7-second pass on the 1/8th mile track, so he'll let the Hellcat make the first move at the start, otherwise known as "giving the hit."

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The Hellcat roars with V8 power, and the Plaid's electric motors whine quietly, as two cars do their burnouts before staging at the starting line. As the lights change, the Hellcat quickly takes off but too early as the red light appears on the starting light tree. As luck would have it, with the Plaid driver focused on the Hellcat and giving the hit, he was not focused on the light tree and started his run with a 0.006 reaction time.

In the end, the Tesla Plaid came out on top with a 6.139 second elapsed time (ET) at 119 mph compared to the Hellcat's 7.268 second ET at 98 mph. That's impressive performance considering the Tesla Plaid battery only contained an 82% state of charge (SOC), and the driver mentions testing some heavier than usual Nitto NT01 285/35 tires mounted on Tesla's 20 x 9.5 MW03 wheels.

Tesla Plaid Specifications

Telsa Model S Plaid
via Tesla Plaid Channel

In the past, we've thought of electric vehicles, or EVs as we've come to know them, as slow, boxy contraptions that need frequent stops to recharge.

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However, Tesla shatters that image with its Model S Plaid. A fully-equipped Model S Plaid boasts 1,020 peak hp, 0-60 mph acceleration in 1.99 seconds (after subtracting 12-inches of rollout), a 200-mph top speed, and an EPA estimated range of 396 miles on a full charge. But, of course, you cannot expect 396 miles at 200 mph or while accelerating like you're trying to win a drag race everywhere you go.

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