Can Tesla Model X P90D Outrun A Ferrari F430 Spider?

When it comes to drag racing, having ‘Ludicrous’ resources at your disposal seems to be quite advantageous, even against genuine supercars.

This video shows a Tesla Model X P90D (the flagship version) going up against a Ferrari F430 Spider, which back in the day was considered one of the world’s fastest convertible exotics.

The two drivers execute both rolling starts as well as standing starts, where you’d have to assume that the all-wheel drive “takeoff” of the Tesla is quite capable of shaming the Ferrari’s rear wheel drive system.

According to the manufacturer, the Model X P90D is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds with Ludicrous mode, before maxing out at 155 mph (250 km/h). The F430 Spider on the other hand needs 4.1 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph), but thanks to its naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8, it’ll keep going all the way to 311 km/h (193 mph).

The F430’s V8 power unit also comes with 490 PS and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of torque, which might pale in comparison to the P90D’s output and torque figures, though these type of battles are never fought and won on paper.


  • sam

    Even with a rolling start and getting the jump, the Ferrari was easily put away by the Tesla. I wonder if it still smashes the Ferrari when not in Ludicrous Mode?

  • matrem

    Why test it against a car no longer sold if it couldn’t?

  • bloggin

    Can you imagine how fast a New Tesla Roadster would be? The big CUV offers 0-60 in 3.2 and 2.8 for the large sedan.

  • Braddo

    just awesome. Go Tesla. love it

  • TheHake

    How much does that Model X cost exactly?

  • europeon

    Stupid and pointless. Post videos of Teslas taking corners.
    Oh wait… you can’t, because they can’t do anything but short straight line acceleration runs.

    • Oh wait… Tesla X is a family SUV that carries 7 people on board and not a poser car that carries a fat wallet and a pair of fake boobs. Why would a family car need to corner like a sports car? That will not help it get quicker from A to B in real life, and nobody will take this to a race track (as it’s not a race car).

      • europeon

        I know right.

        You save so much time ludicrously accelerating to the 50km/k (30mp/h) speed limit it makes your brain want to explode. And I don’t even want to think of the years you save if you use highways with their higher speed limits.

        • Well, it’s easier to catch the next green light, it’s easier to overtake, it’s easier to jump in front of another car etc. All this makes it an agile car for the city. Unfortunately it will still take years until Tesla will make Autobahn proof cars, because at high speed they will run out of juice way quicker than diesels.

    • Toronado_II

      Not sure about that. The very low center of gravity on the Tesla make sure is doing very well.

  • fabri99

    This drag race comparisons are even more useless than usual when made between two totally different cars that weren’t even made in the same decade.

  • Legolas

    Ferrari 490hp vs Tesla 700hp ? This test does not make sense..

    • Kash

      Pure power is one thing if the cars are a similar style, but in this case it’s all about power:weight. While the F430 has less power it’s also lighter in weight, the Tesla has more power and more weight. The Model X is about twice the weight of the F430 with almost twice the power so the test is fairly balanced out in the end.

  • Patrick

    Let’s see it go around the track! Tesla will end of in the ditch.

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