I never thought I’d compare a car to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, but here I am doing exactly that. If you’re unfamiliar with the SR-71, which I don’t know why you would be, it was a reconnaissance aircraft that could operate at insane altitudes and speeds. In fact, the Blackbird holds the record for the “fastest air-breathing manned aircraft,” being able to reach speed around 2,200 mph. Because of this insane speed, the SR-71 had a very special tactic when it came to avoiding incoming missiles: outrunning them. Seriously, in the off chance a missile could actually lock-on to the Blackbird, the pilot was alerted, giving him time reach speeds and altitudes the missile could not match.
Now, what in the world does this plane have to do with a Tesla? In a video published yesterday, Jason Hugh recorded his drive in his Tesla Model S P85D. During his drive he noticed a Toyota Prius driver coming up on his rear quite quickly. Because he knew just how fast the car could accelerate, he decided to stomp on the pedal from a dead stop in order to get away from the distracted Prius driver. Thanks to his quick thinking, he outran the incoming Prius just like the SR-71 outrunning a missile. Check it out below, it’s pretty amazing.