From now on,electric Model S sedan comes with “Ludicrous Mode,” which will send the four-door sedan from 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) in an amazingly quick 2.8 seconds – “Insane Mode” mode doesn’t seem to be so cool, is it?
8/14/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
Good news for Tesla drivers that like to put the pedal to the metal: from now on - electric Model S sedan comes with “Ludicrous Mode,” which will send the four-door sedan from 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) in an amazingly quick 2.8 seconds – “Insane Mode” mode doesn’t seem to be so cool, is it?
“Ludicrous mode” comes as part of a new version of the Model S, the P90D.
The name represents an upgraded battery pack, from 85 to 90 kWh, which Tesla says is good for an extra 15 miles of range(10 percent increase)—putting the grand total at 300 miles(482 kilometers), if you stick to 65 mph(approximately 105km/h).
Ludicrous Mode? What a strange name.
Even don’t ask. This topic has led to tons of heated debates sort of “why did Elon decided to choose such name for the sports mode?” and, as you probably might guess, there are a lot of suggestions on that.
The most logical of them seems to be that someone at the company is a Ludacris fan and this person is…Elon – well, of course, it is only a suggestion and there is a chance that this person is not Elon Musk, but I would still put my money on Tesla Motors CEO.
Where does all this power come from?
The boost in acceleration doesn’t actually come from the extra battery power. It’s the upside of what Musk calls “fairly advanced and exotic electronics.” To date, the vehicle’s acceleration has been capped by how much current can be safely drawn from the battery, about 1,300 amps. Go much higher than that, and the fuse can melt.
Tesla’s developed a new fuse that uses electronics and its own tiny lithium ion battery to detect when it will melt, and cut power if necessary. That lets you build in less of a margin of error, and push the amps higher.
Along with a switch from steel to super-alloy inconel for the main pack contractor, that lets the battery fire out 1,500 amps of power.
10 grand extra
Current P85D owners can make the upgrade at their local Tesla service center. To get the bigger battery pack and extra range, it’s $3,000. For the new electronics that enable “Ludicrous Mode,” it’s $5,000 plus labor. On the new P90D, the option will cost $10,000.
Musk also announced the 70kWh Model S, which has a single instead of dual motor setup, will retail for $70,000, before incentives like the $7,500 federal tax credit.
“Ludicrous Mode” for Tesla Model X?
In the past year, we’ve seen a bunch of upgrades to the Model S: a second motor, improved range and acceleration, an autopilot system that’s supposed to arrive in the next few months, and the addition of features like adaptive cruise control.
Nonetheless, we haven’t heard much about Tesla’s long-awaited second generation car, the Model X SUV.
Musk says the SUV is still its way and that the improvements made to the S are good for the new car.
However, something we managed to nose out:
Tesla will offer “Ludicrous Mode” on the long-awaited Model X.
That will result in 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) time of only 3. 3 seconds.
As Elon says, it is mad for an “SUV”.
Such result has become possible because of increased curb weight and higher center of gravity.
Well, I do hope that we see all this stuff very soon.
Let’s wish Tesla Motors good luck and wait more news from Elon and his colleagues.