The Tesla Model S Plaid may be the queen of drag racing, but powerful, heavily modified sports cars keep trying to do better. Can this RS3 with more than 750 horsepower get there?
There are very few (if any) vehicles in the world that can compete with the Tesla Model S Plaid in a drag race. In any case in series vehicles. And it’s a well-known fact, there’s not much you can do against an electric vehicle in terms of acceleration. But you can’t improve their performance much either. This is not the case with combustion engine cars, as they can be modified to provide more power. But is it enough to beat the performance of an electric vehicle?
A tuned Audi RS3 Sedan gives its best in a new drag race video in which it takes on the infamous Tesla Model S Plaid. The video from the Sam CarLegion channel on YouTube shows us the two cars going head-to-head in a series of races. The RS3 is equipped with an upgraded 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine that develops a whopping 753 horsepower. It’s all sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The German weighs only 1,574 kilograms.
The power of electricity
Against this, the Model S Plaid uses its three-motor electric powertrain, generating a combined 1,020 horsepower directed to all four wheels as well. It is obviously much more powerful, but it is also heavier: 2,184 kg. Interestingly, the power to weight ratio is almost identical: 2.09 kg/hp for the modified RS3 and 2.14 kg/hp for the Tesla Model S Plaid.
Does this RS3 stand a chance against the powerful and fast Model S Plaid? I think we all know the answer here, but it’s still interesting to see the difference between the two cars that want the same thing: to win.