Tesla Prepares for Ludicrous Speed

Prepare ship for Ludicrous Speed!

Prepare ship for Ludicrous Speed!

I wish I could call up my best friend from high school and tell him that Ludicrous Speed is real.

We spent a good portion of our teenage years in front of a television watching the Mel Brooks classic comedy Spaceballs.

In it, Rick Moranis plays the villain Dark Helmet and needs to chase after the good guys. He doesn’t think light speed will be fast enough, so he skips it, passing over the next-fastest Ridiculous speed and heading straight to Ludicrous speed.

Naturally, hilarity ensues.

Now we have news that Tesla, the same folks responsible for bringing us Insane Mode on the Model S P85D, will create its own version of Ludicrous speed.

It’s hard to imagine that we live in a world where Insane Mode’s 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds isn’t fast enough. That’s faster than the vast majority of cars in existence, but still slower than the top echelon of exotic sports cars. The Porsche 911 Turbo S, for example, can make the sprint in just 2.9 seconds.

Tesla, in an effort to make even large sedans as fast as exotic sports cars, will upgrade its Insane Mode to Ludicrous Mode and improve the 0-60 run to just 2.8 seconds.

In real life I’m thinking it’ll be far less funny and exponentially more dangerous. In my humble opinion, only trained professionals should drive cars with that kind of acceleration. There’s no time to react in a car like that, especially if it’s being driven in a populated area.

Why is Tesla releasing a car with so much speed? Because it can.

Autoweek quoted Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and it sounds more like an April Fool’s joke than a real product announcement.

“Nobody was asking for Ludicrous Mode because it was too ludicrous,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk told reporters on a conference call today. “Insane Mode has been incredibly well-received. We figured out from an engineering standpoint how to go beyond Insane so we figured we should release that.”

It’s cool, and it’s fast—I just hope it’s not more than typical drivers can handle. Just ask Dark Helmet how Ludicrous speed worked out for him.

Do you think it’s safe for passenger cars to accelerate from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds?

-tgriffith

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