Although there are quite a few factors involved in a Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb time (who the driver is, how much they’re showing off, etc…), we’ve wanted to see how a Tesla fares against more conventional sports and supercars on a well-known track for quite some time.
We all know they’re bat-shit crazy fast on a drag strip or motorway, but as they’re on the heftier side, we’ve been keen to see how this affects the Model S and Model X on a slightly twistier circuit.
Luckily, Tesla decided to take its all-new SUV, the incredible Model X, up the hill this year, which you can see in all its glory in the video below. Although it hasn’t released an official time the car set, we can assume the start and finish points of this video signify the start and end of the track by the way it’s been edited, which gives us a time of 1:04 to play with.
Now the fun part – comparing it to cars we’ve grown up with and probably know much more about in real-life terms. And let’s start with something that’ll cause a lot of impact: it’s one second quicker than the Porsche 918. It’s also a second quicker than a wet sprint in an Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Now remember – this is a seven-seat, high-roofed family car, with more mod cons than all the other cars on the ‘best times’ list put together (it even looks like the passenger in the video below is casually browsing the web as they’re flying up the hill!)
Hopefully this puts into perspective just how formidable top-spec Teslas are then, all in eerie silence, just to rub it in. If only they harnessed all that performance into a new lightweight sports car…
(Source of lap times here).