Tesla Adds Power to Already-Fast Model S With ‘Ludicrous Mode’

19 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Now You Can Get a Tesla That Goes ‘Ludicrously’ Fast.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk just announced the most Tesla thing ever: a “Ludicrous Speed” upgrade for the top-of-the-line P85D Model S electric sedan that improves 0-60 time by 10 percent — it’s down to 2.8 seconds, with a quarter-mile sprint coming in just 10.9 seconds. ELON Musk and Tesla announced some major upgrades for the Model S overnight, including bigger batteries and a “ludicrous” mode that makes the already insanely quick electric car even faster. Musk calls it “mind-blowing.” It’s an improvement on the previous fastest time of a little over 3 seconds. “No one was asking for ludicrous model because it’s too ludicrous,” Musk told reporters and analysts on a conference call. In follow-up questions, Musk said that the upcoming Model X would also have Ludicrous Speed as an option, but due to the vehicle’s weight — it’s 10 percent heavier than the S — it’ll likely be a bit less quick. Musk told media this morning that the advancements come as a result of being able to increase that maximum amp throughput to 1500 Amps from the car’s batteries, up from 1300 Amps. “We came up with the idea for an advanced smart fuse for the battery.

The upgrade will cost about $3,000, and it will give the car a range of about 300 miles on the highway on a single battery charge, about 15 miles more than the current version. Instead of a standard fuse that just melts past a certain amperage, which means you aren’t exactly sure when it will or won’t melt or if it will arc when it does, we developed a fuse with its own electronics and a tiny lithium-ion battery. The name “ludicrous mode” comes from Mel Brooks’ 1987 “Star Wars” spoof “Spaceballs,” where a spaceship is able to surpass light speed – traveling so fast it turns plaid. It constantly monitors current at the millisecond level and is pyro-actuated to cut power with extreme precision and certainty. “That was combined with upgrading the main pack contractor to use inconel (a high temperature space-grade superalloy) instead of steel, so that it remains springy under the heat of heavy current.” On top of that, a new base model Model S 70 RWD hs been introduced starting at $108,554 in Australia. Tesla said the next version of its Roadster car will have a “maximum plaid” speed, but that Roadster won’t be available for another four years.

The 405, Musk pointed out, is particularly challenging because of “light concrete surfaces with faded white lines and black skid marks that are not easy for the computer to figure out. The upgrade, offered at a cost of $10,000 to new buyers, “results in is a 10% improvement in the 0 to 60 mph time to 2.8 secs and a quarter mile time of 10.9 secs. According to data from IHS Automotive, 1,242 Model S cars were registered in Los Angeles during the first quarter of 2015, representing nearly half of all Tesla sales in California. For those wondering whether the Model X and Model 3 are ever being released, Musk assured in the blog post that first deliveries for the X are slated to happen in two months, and for the 3 in roughly two years.

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