Tesla Model S P90D v Qantas Boeing 737-800 drag race video; to showcase both companies’ innovative technological collaboration
We don’t often get to see car versus aeroplane going head to head against each other. But this time Tesla and Boeing have made a unique video feature which doesn’t boast about which is the best but to showcase their technological innovation and collaboration. The Tesla model in question was the Model S P90D and the Boeing 737-800 from Qantas, the Australian airline.
Qantas said the 737 got to its take-off speed of 140 knots and the Tesla Model S P90D version achieved its top speed of 250 kmph. Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla, introduced the “Ludicrous Mode” on the Tesla Model S last July. This can propel the sedan from 0-96 kmph in just 2.8 seconds and 0-100 kmph in 3 seconds whilst clearing the quarter mile in just 10.9 seconds.
Accelerating with a G force of 1.1g, the new mode made the “Insane mode” incorporated in the previous year looked a bit dull. As part of upgraded battery package, from 85 to 90 kWh, the all-electric Model S sedan also had a massive hike in power from 691 to 762 hp. With extra range of 24 km, new fuse and improved electronics and pushing out 1,500 amps of power, the top-of-the-line Model S P90D can return a maximum of 483 km on a full battery of charge.
Getting to a conclusion in this drag race is totally absurd as you can’t really pit these two highly advanced machines. But the video shot at the Avalon Airport, southwest of Melbourne, Australia was to express both companies’ interest in their partnership to drive innovation for the airline customers and sustainability in the transport sector. The collaboration will benefit from the technology sharing and services that will be made available for the customers of Tesla and Qantas.
For instance, Qantas Club membership for Tesla Model S owners, entry to exclusive events for Qantas frequent flyers, Tesla High Power Wall Connectors at Qantas Valet in Australian cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. On the other hand, Qantas will acts as Tesla’s premier airline in Australia and counterbalance the auto maker’s domes corporate travel emissions as part of Qantas’ Future Planet Programme, a sustainability activity with Australian and international businesses involved.