Traction is always the deciding factor in drag racing. Ferrari’s F430 is a great car on any road course, but what happens when it lines up next to a new Tesla Model X SUV? Of course the Italian has a significant weight advantage along with a screaming V8, so in theory it shouldn’t fear an electric family hauler.
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Our friends at Drag Times specialize in unlikely comparisons, so they decided to see how capable the Model X really is. The P90D version is AWD thanks to electric motors on the front and rear axles. With 90 kilowatts on tap, Ludicrous mode is able to produce acceleration on par with many supercars.
Even though it may be a coincidence, the Ferrari F430 Spider has a differential ratio of 4.30. This allows the 4.3L V8 to quickly reach its powerband, the high RPM area north of 4,000 where the engine is most effective. With such brutal gearing, launching a F430 properly requires the precision of a brain surgeon.
The video clearly shows who won the day, and the reason why is evident in the audio. Of course, the Tesla is almost silent, which is how we are able to hear Ferrari’s rev limiter scolding the driver. In an attempt to launch with the same ferocity as the Tesla, the F430 roasts the rear tires, spinning through first gear. Shifting to second gear too early, causing the Italian to fall off the powerband and the rest is history. In all honesty, there was no need for three races, the results would be the same in a quarter mile. But given a longer run, I think the F430 Spider would easily overtake the Model X.
One competitor leaves in need of a recharge, the other needs new rear tires. Thank you to Drag Times for the great footage, and stay tuned to Autofluence for more heads up racing.
WARNING: At duPont REGISTRY, we do not condone the actions in the video featured in this article. Please do not attempt this yourself, tires can be replaced but lives can not.