As Tesla begins to ramp Model 3 deliveries to customers across much of the U.S., one enterprising new owner has taken their vehicle to the local street races in the San Francisco Bay Area, in jest that Tesla’s entry-level car can blow the socks off of gas-burning V8s.
Though the folks at Bay Area Racing rally in support of legal racing venues in the Bay Area, according to its website, the group recently posted a video that shows a Tesla Model 3 going heads up against a Pontiac G8 GT in a local street race.
A Model 3 in Midnight Silver Metallic color with Tesla’s range-boosting aero wheels can be seen lining up against a gurgling Pontiac G8. In a traditional gesture that signals the start of a street battle, the flagger throws his arms down, followed by both cars accelerating down what appears to be an industrial street.
However, based on Tesla’s track record of voluntarily underreporting range and performance figures, independent tests reveal that the Model 3 is in fact much quicker than what Tesla claims. DragTimes revealed that the Long Range Model 3 in a single motor configuration can rocket from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
With CEO Elon Musk confirming that a dual motor performance variant of the Model 3 is coming with Ludicrous mode, one can only imagine the level of ‘hard core smackdown‘ new Model 3 owners will be unleashing on their unsuspecting opponents.