Submitted by diesel on 28. November 2012
How would the Tesla Model S perform at high altitudes such as Pike's Peak which is over 14,000 ft? Would oxygen, temperature, or pressure affect how it runs?
From what I have read naturally aspirated gas engines loose 3% of HP for every 1,000 ft. So at 14,000 ft that is a loss of around 42%.
A gas engine with 416 HP like the Tesla would instead have 241 HP.
A gas engine would have to have 744 HP sea level to have 416 HP atop Pike's Peak.