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Tesla Launches The Fastest Production Car In The World

Electric car giant Tesla has revealed the Model S and Model X P100D models  which it says makes it the fastest production car in the world. Thanks to a a more powerful battery pack that will take the new models from 0-100km/h in just 2.5 seconds.

In a conference call Telsa founder Elon Musk said “there are only 2 cars faster to 100 km/h and those are the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. It can beat a McLaren F1 - that’s nuts.

“The fastest car in the world that you can buy new is electric. In the future people will look at gasoline cars as quaint - not how you get around.”

The P100D will contain a 100kWh battery thereby increasing performance over the existing P90D model. Despite having the same power output as the 90kWh battery, range is up to 613km and its fast accelerating speed is achieved through enhanced software and powertrain updates. The P100D moniker means it gets four-wheel drive, too.

The P100D will be limited to a small number of cars at first, with Musk noting that despite a relatively small increase in capacity it's much more difficult to produce. "The production volume initially is quite low because of the challenge in producing it: making sure it’s effective and safe," he said.

Tesla customers who have ordered a P90D with Ludicrous mode but not taken delivery can upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for an extra fee. Existing P90D owners can also upgrade, at a larger cost.

Musk said the charge rate is unchanged on one of Tesla's Supercharger fast charging stations though as there's more miles to charge it it might take a little longer. 

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