The feat is impressive since the $165,000 Model X, essentially a luxury family car, beat a hand-built $530,000 sports car from one of racing’s most venerable brands.

Electric cars are faster off the block because they offer instant torque: almost 100% of the batteries’ energy goes to accelerating the car at a standing stop. Internal combustion engines aren’t able to exert the same degree of torque, even if a conventional gasoline fuel tank packs more energy than a comparable-sized battery (for now). This likely won’t be the last speed record to fall as electric powertrains are tuned for high-performance vehicles.


Correction: A previous version of this post stated a incorrect 0-60 time for the Model X. This has been corrected. 

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