Ludicrous Speed

Ludicrous Speed

18 July, 2015
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Elon Musk announces Model S supercar upgrades and more
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Elon Musk held a global press conference earlier today to announce, in the understatement of the year, “some pretty fun upgrades” to the wildly popular Tesla Model S.
 
Detailing technical properties of a new, improved battery and electronics, Musk introduced a new, ludicrously fast drive mode that is “a result of improved cell chemistry,” called – wait for it – ‘Ludicrous mode’.
 
An extension of the current model’s “Insane mode”, the new mode enables a 0-60mph acceleration in a breathtaking 2.8 seconds. “People have loved insane mode. It’s incredibly fun, like having a private rollercoaster. Now we’ve figured out how to go beyond this from an engineering standpoint,” Musk shared, adding that “nobody has [specifically] been asking for ludicrous mode, because it’s just too ludicrous.”
 
Ludicrous mode is available on the new version of the Model S, the P90D. The name represents an upgraded battery pack, from 85 to 90 kWh, which offers an extra 24km of range on a single charge, for a very comfortable total range of over 480km (if driving at a speed of roughly 100kph).

Other announcements included news of the upcoming and highly-anticipated Model X, with Musk confirming that “this is our focus right now and we’re just getting that done,” and  that the SUV will have “30% of its parts in common with the Model S.”
 
And a final bonus – a BIG bonus for speed-loving fans of Tesla – was a downplayed but still exciting teaser that the original game changer, the Tesla Roadster, is slated to be reintroduced to market in four years time as an all-new car. For now, Tesla is keeping a tight wrap on details about it, saying only that “there is of course one speed faster than Ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next generation Roadster in four years: Maximum Plaid.” 
 
Musk wrapped the press conference with a succinct summary of his business strategy: “As far as sales go… we are just trying to make awesome cars.”

By: Ecozine Staff
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