When it comes to hyper cars such as Bugatti, Pagani, and Koenigsegg there is very little competition in terms of speed. These hyper exotic cars will happily run laps around around any “fast” car like a Mustang or BMW. And respectfully so, with a multi million dollar price tag they should be ALOT faster.
Up until very recently, there was little to no production car that could even come close to a Bugatti. That is until Jay Leno smashed a quarter mile production car record with a bone-stock Tesla Model S Plaid. Keep in mind this Tesla Model S is a mere $200,000 compared to the $4,000,000 Bugatti Chiron Sport.
With 1500+ horsepower the Chiron Sport devastates the quarter mile in a blistering 9.4 seconds. Which was the world record holder for a production vehicle. That is until Tesla arrived. The Model S Plaid in the video has the acclaimed 0-60 of 1.9 seconds. Thanks to sophisticated battery engineering, it no longer loses propulsion after the initial launch. Allowing it to pass the quarter mile at 155 mph, just 3 mph slower than the $4,000,000 Chiron Sport. Yikes Bugatti….
The most amazing part of this record quarter mile time is how Jay Leno was the one to complete it. Yes, Jay is a known car fanatic and owns almost 200 cars himself. However, he is not a race car driver. So the fact that an average person can go out and beat a Bugatti is baffling. Electric cars were initially known for their low end torque so it’s quite inspiring to see how far battery technology has advanced in just a decade.
I also adore how affordable the Tesla is compared to the Bugatti. $200,000 is tremendously expensive, but far more obtainable to most people that the Chiron Sport. All without using a single drop of fuel. Personally, I would take the Bugatti all day. It’s far more opulent, rare, and cooler than a Tesla. But major props to Elon Musk for crushing this attainment!