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Tesla versus Corvette – who wins in a quarter mile sprint?
San Jose Mercury ^ | 01/31/2014

Posted on 02/01/2014 12:54:24 PM PST by artichokegrower

A head-to-head race with a 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 reveals that the executive sedan's performance — as well as its powertrain — is electric.

On paper there shouldn't be any doubt. The current Corvette is one of the fastest homegrown production cars currently on sale in the US. It boasts a 0-60mph (100km/h) time of 3.8 seconds and over 400hp on tap for when needs arise.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


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OK let's do a 500 mile road race and see who wins
1 posted on 02/01/2014 12:54:24 PM PST by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

A motorcycle will beat a Stingray in the quarter mile too. I would take a ZR1 over the Stingray, though.


2 posted on 02/01/2014 12:59:04 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: artichokegrower

The first race the corvette driver was sleeping at the wheel.


3 posted on 02/01/2014 12:59:53 PM PST by McGruff (I'm a Conservative. Not necessarily a Republican.)
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To: artichokegrower

Tesla Versus Chevy Volt: Which one burns up the fastest?


4 posted on 02/01/2014 12:59:53 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: artichokegrower

That’s a nonsense article. Electric cars have been quicker off the line for ages, but they just are not practical for racing in general, never mind daily driving. There was a time when steam cars were way quicker off the line than internal-combustion-engine cars as well, but that doesn’t mean we ought to call for a return to steam automobiles.


5 posted on 02/01/2014 1:00:52 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I’ll bet my poodle is quicker off the line (for a foot or so), too.


6 posted on 02/01/2014 1:04:38 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ("The Pen" has a nice ring to it, kind of like "Graybar Hotel")
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To: McGruff

If you watch the Christmas tree on the first race, the tesla leaves on the last yellow and the Vette leaves on the green. Towards the end of the 1/4 it’s pretty clear the Vette is really starting to pull. So, if the tesla left early on the first run and beat the Vette by .237 and on the second run the Vette beat the tesla by .774(?), sounds to me like the Vette won both races. But the tesla may burst in to flames quicker.


7 posted on 02/01/2014 1:05:25 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Olog-hai
but that doesn't mean we ought to call for a return to steam automobiles.

I like the idea myself. A wood pellet stove engine might be just the ticket.

8 posted on 02/01/2014 1:06:05 PM PST by BipolarBob
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To: artichokegrower

Electricity rules!


9 posted on 02/01/2014 1:06:33 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Olog-hai

White zombie has been tearing up the strips for a while


10 posted on 02/01/2014 1:06:38 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: bigbob

The qtr. mile was close. The 1 mile the vette won by 1/2 hour.


11 posted on 02/01/2014 1:07:59 PM PST by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: artichokegrower

Pretty impressive for an electric car though. Can I go for a test drive?


12 posted on 02/01/2014 1:08:07 PM PST by McGruff (I'm a Conservative. Not necessarily a Republican.)
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To: artichokegrower

Which one wins in having to be propped up with tax dollars? It is a tie.


13 posted on 02/01/2014 1:09:56 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: BipolarBob

Don’t know if wood pellets work with flash boilers. I’ll have to look into that.

The last steam cars produced could get up to working pressure from cold in about five minutes. They seemed like impressive machines to me. You refueled at the gas station just like with the internal-combustion cars because they mostly burned gasoline as fuel. No transmission (just valve gear), but you had a lot of low-end torque and could accelerate pretty rapidly from a stop.


14 posted on 02/01/2014 1:12:22 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: rktman

What was the ET? That tells us who got there faster..not who finished at the line first.


15 posted on 02/01/2014 1:13:29 PM PST by crz
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To: artichokegrower

For 90 grand, that Tesla should be able to do at least one thing that’s impressive.


16 posted on 02/01/2014 1:15:29 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: bmwcyle

LOL, best post!


17 posted on 02/01/2014 1:15:59 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Olog-hai

From what I have read, they simply let the pilot on all night and kept the thing warm It could even be quick coupled to your heat in the house to supplement the heat. Simple as there was only about a few moving parts since the thing was nearly direct drive. The engine was the brake etc.


18 posted on 02/01/2014 1:16:17 PM PST by crz
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To: Olog-hai

“In 1906 the Land Speed Record was broken by a Stanley ... record for a steam vehicle set by a Stanley Steamer in 1906, setting a new speed record of 139.843 ..”


19 posted on 02/01/2014 1:19:22 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: crz
What was the ET? That tells us who got there faster..not who finished at the line first.

Please explain to me how the lower ET doesn't cross the line first every time if they both start together.

20 posted on 02/01/2014 1:20:35 PM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: tx_eggman

Its the time from end to end. It happens because one might get off faster at the start...Jump the gun. If they both start at the exact time, which nearly never happens, the faster car has the lower time.


21 posted on 02/01/2014 1:23:51 PM PST by crz
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To: crz

If you watch the video to about 1:58 mark they have the time slips posted for both races. And I gotta correct myself. The Vette won race two by .0774. Speed wise the Vette had it on both runs.


22 posted on 02/01/2014 1:28:19 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: rktman

You saw the same thing I did. The Tesla left earlier.


23 posted on 02/01/2014 1:28:40 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: rktman

Yes. But sadly, unless they changed the rules since I last ran, the one across the line first without red lighting wins.

I havent followed Drag racing since 06. Grew out of it I suppose.

Example, if one leaves when the moment the light turns green (reaction time) and is across the line first he wins. But the one who leaves a couple ticks after, could have a faster ET.


24 posted on 02/01/2014 1:35:09 PM PST by crz
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To: artichokegrower

A friend in High School had a Dad with a mid-70s Corvette, and he let us drive. But only around his private property, not out on public roads. But hey, I drove a Corvette. It’s weird how close to the deck you are.


25 posted on 02/01/2014 1:36:44 PM PST by real saxophonist
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To: artichokegrower

“The Tesla Model S on the other hand is a car for eco-minded executives that worry more about the effects of burning fossil fuels than of the ability to burn rubber.”

So they buy an overpriced car that runs on coal. Brilliant!


26 posted on 02/01/2014 1:38:21 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: artichokegrower

Vette 0-60 time:3.8 secs.
2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5S 0-60 time:3.7 seconds.

Vette quarter mile: 12.4 secs @ 113.7 mph
Tesla quarter mile: 12.6 secs @ 102.6 mph
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Roadster
http://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/corvette-stingray/2014/comparison-test1.html


27 posted on 02/01/2014 1:39:26 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: artichokegrower
Electric motors can go from nothing to full power "right now". Where as an internal combustion engine has to "build" it's power.

So the Tesla would have the advantage right out of the light.

28 posted on 02/01/2014 1:40:32 PM PST by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Just how much taxpayer money was given to the tesla group?


29 posted on 02/01/2014 1:40:57 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: artichokegrower
It is interesting that Tesla is marketing its car net of fuel savings, which they claim to be $261 a month. That's with a gas cost of $4.90 a gal, a 200 mph car, and 15,000 miles a year.

That works out to a fuel cost of $0.245 a mile for a gasoline engine and a cost of $0.0362 a mile for a Tesla (Tesla assumed a cost per kwh of 11 cents).

Pretty interesting.

30 posted on 02/01/2014 1:43:43 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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This is what I kinda got into back in 1970s after I grew out of drag racing. This is how it goes sometime..

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCsSVLZ6wCI


31 posted on 02/01/2014 1:43:50 PM PST by crz
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“Just how much taxpayer money was given to the tesla group?”

$465 million USD but Tesla paid it back.

Tesla Is No Success Story
Tesla is only profitable thanks to politics and tax subsidies.
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/06/03/teslas-success-is-the-result-of-political-favoritism

It’s hard to believe this came from US News and World Report.


32 posted on 02/01/2014 1:43:59 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Proud2BeRight
You saw the same thing I did. The Tesla left earlier.

he didn't red light, he just got the hole shot on the Vette. In drag racing, that's half the race.
33 posted on 02/01/2014 1:44:15 PM PST by rickomatic
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To: painter
Electric motors can go from nothing to full power "right now". Where as an internal combustion engine has to "build" it's power.

I haven't driven one, but given that aspect, one would think EV's would need a damper or governor to prevent an accident pedal to the metal burst of speed.

34 posted on 02/01/2014 1:46:07 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: rktman

If the Tesla left on the yellow, it would have been disqualified.


35 posted on 02/01/2014 1:49:34 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: crz
"“In 1906 the Land Speed Record was broken by a Stanley ... record for a steam vehicle set by a Stanley Steamer in 1906, setting a new speed record of 139.843 ..”

Fred Marriott got one up over 180 mph in Daytona a year later, but the car went airborne and flew apart in the attempt so it never went into the record books.
36 posted on 02/01/2014 1:53:05 PM PST by CowboyJay (Cruz'-ing in 2016!)
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To: artichokegrower

Tesla driver jumped the start on the first race.

Electric cars have some serious torque. But in a longer race, Vette wins every time.


37 posted on 02/01/2014 2:07:47 PM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: artichokegrower

Neither wins, both run out of fuel.


38 posted on 02/01/2014 2:14:46 PM PST by staytrue
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39 posted on 02/01/2014 2:22:00 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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I wonder what kind of torque the Tesla has? I would think the vette has close to 400 ft pounds of torque.
40 posted on 02/01/2014 2:23:55 PM PST by peeps36 (I' Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
$465 million USD but Tesla paid it back.

Duped investor monies.......

You should have mentioned the $34.7 million tax break just given by Californicate..........

41 posted on 02/01/2014 2:30:44 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I think I've lost my mojo.....)
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I’ll bet my poodle is quicker off the line (for a foot or so), too.

Back in 1980, I owned a 1969 Cougar with a 351 Windsor engine and had 60 series tires on the back with 70 series on the front. It was tuned nice and went like a raped ape.

I raced a friend of mine who had a 1979 Camaro Z28 with a 3 speed manual tranny strapped onto the stock 350 cu plant..

I beat his arse off the line for about...100 yards, when he dropped it to 2nd gear, he flew by me easy as pie.

I still liked my Red Cougar better though. It had class.


42 posted on 02/01/2014 2:32:01 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I missed that one!


43 posted on 02/01/2014 2:36:47 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: bmwcyle

Ouch!


44 posted on 02/01/2014 2:37:57 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: BipolarBob
I like the idea myself. A wood pellet stove engine might be just the ticket.

I'm sure Obama's gestapo EPA will find a reason to out law this too.

45 posted on 02/01/2014 2:47:58 PM PST by llevrok (F the government)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Two companies with their hands out for our money. I will never buy from Tesla or GM ever.


46 posted on 02/01/2014 2:48:51 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: CowboyJay

Can you imagine? With the steering and suspensions they had it was like, ya had to be nuts.


47 posted on 02/01/2014 3:11:39 PM PST by crz
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

You was spinning your wheels and he got hooked up I bet.
The first rails had two speed slush buckets in them for transmissions if I remember right.


48 posted on 02/01/2014 3:14:03 PM PST by crz
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To: artichokegrower

Yeah let’s go best of ten or twenty 1/4 miles.


49 posted on 02/01/2014 3:43:05 PM PST by TalBlack
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To: artichokegrower

Both are gubmint motors.Who cares? I sure as hell don’t.


50 posted on 02/01/2014 5:05:49 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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