It’s The Weirdest, Fastest Drag Race Ever! Tesla Model S vs. Polaris Slingshot SLR: Thrifty 3 Ep. 15

You know where this is going.

By this point, we all know the Tesla Model S is capable of bringing down just about any other car out there. Thanks to its electric motors, it has all that instantaneous torque to bear on your unsuspecting drag race opponent. In this case, TFLcar viewer Russ was kind enough to let us borrow his Tesla Model S, complete with the software upgrade to include “Ludicrous+” mode. Oh yes, it’s not enough to just have Ludicrous anymore — now this car is even more berserk.

Tesla Model S
An updated Tesla Model S will reportedly go into production soon. [Photo: Tesla]

Against it, we’ve pitched one of the fastest vehicles we currently have at the office. Mind you, we’re a bunch of off-road loving guys, so the TFL fleet currently comprises a host of trucks and SUVs. Unfortunately, TFL’s own long-term Tesla Model 3 is still in the shop. We should have it back for next week’s episode of the Thrifty 3 series.

Compared to the Tesla, the 2019 Polaris Slingshot SLR doesn’t put down the best specs. While the Tesla Model S Performance has the equivalent of over 500 horsepower and nearly 800 lb-ft of torque (at least those are the advertised figures), the Slingshot gets by with a meager 173 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. That power comes from a 2.4-liter GM Ecotec four-cylinder engine, and mates up to a five-speed manual transmission.

Okay, so it’s going to be a demolition here. Or will it? Roman tests out the Tesla Model S on the track. See how it compares to the “conventional” Slingshot with its internal combustion engine above! Stay tuned to for more of the Thrifty 3 series coming soon.