Tesla Model S

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced a new “Ludicrous Mode” for the 2016 Tesla Model S. Replacing the “Insane Mode” found in the P85D variant, the aptly named mode enables the sedan to dart from 0 to 96 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, while quarter-mile sprint is completed in 10.9 seconds.

According to Musk, the package employs a fuse that uses its own separate electronics and lithium-ion battery pack that can cope with higher amperage – 1,500 amps to be exact. The unit┬áconstantly monitors current at the millisecond level and is pyro-actuated to cut power if needed.

The mode is offered as part of a range extender package that bumps the sedan’s power output from 85 to 90 kWh, thus providing up to 24 km of additional range for a total of 483 km at an average speed of 104 km/h.

That said, the Ludicrous Mode isn’t cheap. The option will cost an additional USD$10,000 on a new Model S with the 90 kWh battery while owners of the current P85D will have to spend USD$5,000 for the mode and USD$3,000 for the upgraded battery pack.

On a different note, if you’re wondering about the progress of the upcoming Model X SUV and Model 3, this is what Musk has to say: “Don’t worry, those remain our focus and good progress is being made on both. X is on track for first deliveries in two months and Model 3 in just over two years.”

 

 



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