Tesla Model S P100D battles Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS in intense drag race

A Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode recently showcased its power against a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS in a quick, quarter-mile drag race. In just over 10 seconds, the P100D showed once more how a well-designed, four-door electric family sedan could topple even a thoroughbred, two-door sports car from one of the world’s most established auto manufacturers.

The two vehicles could not be more different on paper. The Tesla Model S P100D is all-electric, equipped with dual motors and a 100 kWh battery that allows the car to launch from 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. With its Ludicrous Mode upgrade, the Model S P100D could perform a 0-60 mph sprint in as little as 2.28 seconds. That’s acceleration on the supercar level.

The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, on the other hand, is among the finest iterations of the German-based carmaker’s iconic 911 series. The Carrera 4 GTS is equipped with a twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve flat-6 that produces 450 hp at 6500 rpm, which propels the beast of a sports car from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The vehicle also has a top speed of 192 mph, higher than the Model S P100D’s top speed of 155 mph. In Car and Driver‘s review of the vehicle, the publication noted that the Carrera 4 GTS was the “911 to have if you’ll only ever have one.”

Auto-themed YouTube channel Talking Torque filmed the race between the electric family sedan and the two-door sports car, and as the group noted, the battle proved to be very close. Both vehicles got off the line quickly, with the Tesla establishing an early lead over the Porsche. Midway through the race, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS started catching up, but it ultimately fell a little bit short, crossing the quarter-mile mark in 11.0 seconds at 123.65 mph, just a bit later than the Model S P100D’s 10.8 seconds at 124.90 mph.

The Model S P100D is arguably Tesla’s most aggressive vehicle in its existing lineup today. While the Model 3 Performance is incredibly capable on a closed circuit with its Track Mode, the Tesla Model S P100D and its Ludicrous Mode remains unchallenged in terms of pure straight-line performance. Until the arrival of the next-generation Tesla Roadster, the Model S P100D would likely remain the electric car maker’s resident gasoline car slayer.

Watch the Tesla Model S P100D race the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS in the video below.

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Tesla Model S P100D battles Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS in intense drag race


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How do you rebuild a carburetor? Like this

There’s heartache and joy that come with owning, and caring for, an older vehicle. It’s helpful if you can sort out a number of problems on your own, it will save you cash and trips to your local mechanic. One of the more seemingly puzzling aspects of old-car ownership occurs when you drive a carbureted vehicle. Hagerty is here to demystify the deliverer of air and fuel for you.

The best way to familiarize yourself with any car part is to disassemble it. So the first part of Hagerty’s two-part video guide involves a walkthrough of a carburetor teardown. There are floats, jets, needles, valves, and springs all waiting for your venture into the world of your carb. You don’t need of tools to get started, just a few pliers and screwdrivers should get you moving. And a bottle of carb cleaner will get plenty of usage as well.

If you’re going to tear down and rebuild your carburetor, you’ll want a simple rebuild kit handy. A proper kit includes all of the diaphragms, seals, needles, seats, and more.

As you tear down the carb, you’ll find parts that are either due for replacement or just need a simple cleanup. That’s the beauty of a carb rebuild. Once properly addressed, and the carb rebuilt, your car will be running better than ever.

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Once you have the carb completely broken down and cleaned up, it’s time to crack open the rebuild kit and put everything back together. It’s an entertaining puzzle, but a puzzle that makes more and more sense every time you tinker with it.

These two videos serve as a great guide for carburetor rebuilding. While we love the Hagerty time lapse videos, it’s also nice to see one that’s teaching us as well.


Mercedes-Benz SLR to return? Daimler renews trademark

Mercedes-Benz could have plans for a new SLR sports car after parent company Daimler moved to renew the trademark this month.

The Drive first spotted the trademark renewal and reported the news on Thursday.

The automaker officially filed the renewal on March 1 via a New York-based law firm. The “SLR” name last appeared on a Mercedes-Benz in the form of the SLR McLaren in 2010, a supercar produced in partnership with the brand’s former Formula 1 partner at the time, McLaren. The SLR McLaren was a hot performer when it debuted in 2003 with a 5.7-liter supercharged V-8 engine that cranked out 617 horsepower. It was in production for seven years. Mercedes succeeded the car with the SLS AMG. Today, the Mercedes-AMG GT carries the SLR’s torch.

Mercedes-Benz SLR trademark

Mercedes-Benz SLR trademark

We always need to say that just because a company renews a trademark does not mean a car is bound to return. Many automakers move to renew trademarks merely to protect the name from use or to safeguard a brand. The original SLR trademark was also due to expire in 2020, so Daimler could simply be carrying out protection matters.

We haven’t heard much about an AMG GT replacement, either, but we know the car will be based on a new platform twinned with the next SL

We’ll simply need to wait and see if the trademark amounts to some sort of new SLR in the future, or if Daimler and Mercedes just plan on protecting the name from others using it.