Electric cars are taking charge in the drag racing world. The incredibly quick Tesla Model S Plaid edition can rocket you to the end of a quarter-mile drag strip in less than 10 seconds. While that’s decidedly quick, there will always be something quicker just around the corner. With the help of the DragTimes YouTube channel, you can see how the Rimac Nevera stacks up against Tesla’s latest.
Rimac is no stranger to high-performance electric cars. After a series of concept cars, the team at Rimac is finally getting production underway for a series machine. The limited-production Nevera seems to live up to its high expectations and can tackle a quarter-mile quicker than any other production car in the world. In the video above, you watch the Nevera hustle down the drag strip in a scant 8.58 seconds. That’s a time you’d normally find from a purpose-built drag-racing machine.
That’s not to say Rimac’s competition is sluggish. The Tesla Model S Plaid is also clicking off absurdly quick ETs. The video shows that this Tesla sedan can travel down a prepared race track in under 10 seconds. That’s quicker than the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, and only lacks the drama of the Challenger’s wheel stand and screaming supercharger.
This drag race was almost certainly one-sided considering the horsepower and cost differences, but it’s remarkable that these two electric cars are showing brutal performance on the drag strip. While we doubt your local track will swap its Fox Body Ford Mustangs with Tesla Model S Plaids or uber-expensive supercars overnight, there might be a point where electric cars start dominating local grudge races. Of course, tackling the professional ranks might prove more difficult for battery-electric vehicles.
Regardless, if you want to see a pair of brutally quick, surprisingly quiet cars drag race, check out the video above.
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