Tesla have announced an upgrade to their Model S which they have called the “Ludicrous” mode.
I would have to agree looking at the touted performance figures of zero to 100 kph in 2.8 seconds. This puts it in with the LaFerrari (2.9s), and matches the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Koenigsegg Agera, but it is still beaten by the 2.5 sec time of the Bugatti Veyron. However, the Veyron is much more expensive.
The amazing Mr Musk said technological advances were made to ensure a 10 percent improvement to performance.
“Instead of a standard fuse that just melts past a certain amperage, requiring a big gap between the normal operating current and max current, we developed a fuse with its own electronics and a tiny lithium-ion battery,” he said. “It constantly monitors current at the millisecond level and is pyro-actuated to cut power with extreme precision and certainty.
“That was combined with upgrading the main pack contactor to use inconel (a high temperature space-grade super-alloy) instead of steel, so that it remains springy under the heat of heavy current. The net result is that we can safely increase the max pack output from 1300 to 1500 Amps.”
So now you know. Obviously if you are having problems with your Tesla, you take it to the Tuk-Com electronic counters, and not your average auto workshop!