Submitted by JZ13 on 06. Januar 2014
I just got the new issue of C&D and they stage a race between a P85 and a 1915 Model T from Detroit to the Tesla Science Center on Long Island, NY. Pretty neat idea and a fun read. The route was 719 miles for the P85 and 765 miles for the T because it could not use the interstate due to limited max speed. The P85 had to make 2 stops for HPWC charging (I guess that is redundant) of 5 hours each using its dual chargers. The T had several maintenance problems that led to several short stops along the way. The S won by about an hour.
My only complaint is that the basis for the story is that the S is barely better than a 100 year old car for long distance travel. And we all know that is not true. They barely mention the Supercharger network in the story. Therefore, your casual reader is going to conclude that the S is still not a practical car for everyone. Had they waited a few months for the Superchargers to complete that same route then there would be no story. The S would have beaten the T by 8 hours or so.