Tesla’s new ‘Ludicrous Speed Upgrade’ for the Model S costs $10000

18 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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 says his engineers have found a way to reduce the acceleration time from zero to 60 miles per hour of the performance version of Model S to 2.8 seconds.

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. 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.

Musk added that he expects Tesla’s upcoming Model X SUV to not only be the fastest accelerating SUV ever made, but to rival the pace of the recently updated Model S. 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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