Class prep and jury duty have kept me from blogging for a while, but I got sent down a rabbit hole yesterday looking at how 0-60mph times are measured, and figured I might as well get a Forbes post out of it...
A recent article claims that the Tesla Model S accelerates from 0 to 60mph in less time than it would take if you dropped it out of a plane. But how plausible is it for a car to accelerate that fast?
The aerodynamic question came up on other channels, as well. That is a factor for highly specialized racing cars optimized for that, but it's not relevant for the Tesla. The Tesla Model S actually generates a small amount of lift in wind tunnel tests, the opposite of what you'd want for increasing acceleration: https://www.tesla.com/sites/default/files/blog_attachments/the-slipperiest-car-on-the-road.pdf
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