Tesla is Getting Ready to Start Producing Its Model 3

Posted February 10, 2017

It was bound to happen, but the new Tesla Model S P100D has reached new heights in recent tests where it managed to clock a 0 to 60mph time of 2.28 seconds, setting a new Motor Trend production card record in the process.

Tesla is shutting down production at its Fremont plant for a week this month as it prepares to start making the Model 3, perhaps test-building it as soon as February 20.

Tesla announced in November that an Easter egg in a December software update would help the Model S P100D get from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds, according to Business Insider, but the test done in Ludicrous mode beat even that expectation.

Motor Trend has a full breakdown of their testing and a lot more data on their website so be sure to check it out at the link below.

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Last May, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company "would aim to produce 100,000 to 200,000 Model 3s in the second half of next year". The official time in the test run was 2.275507139 seconds.

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A Model S sedan being built at Telsa's Fremont, California, plant. Next, hold the brake, press down on the accelerator, and quickly release it to start launch-control mode. Do it often enough and you can count on your local constabulary learning about such antics and, when they catch you in the act, presenting you with an unwanted bill.

The P100D sports all-wheel drive, a 100-kWh lithium-ion battery, and weighs in at a hefty 4,891 pounds, almost 1,500 pounds more than the McLaren P1 ($1.15 million), 1,200 pounds more than the Porsche 918 ($845,000), and 1,400 pounds more than Ferrari's LaFerrari ($1.7 million). According to Tesla's website, the auto will run 215 miles on a single charge and accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in six seconds. Zero to 60 time matters most, however, and that is where Tesla now rules. If the production pilot is successful, Tesla would be able to share the news with shareholders two days later during its scheduled fourth quarter earnings call.