Electric Miata vs. Tesla Model S performance potential

By Peter Chubb - Jul 9, 2014

We know what you are thinking, pitting a Tesla Model S against a Mazda Miata seems very stupid considering one is electric and the other powered by a internal combustion engine. Well, let us tell you that this is no ordinary Miata, as it is an eclectic one. Both were put side-by-side on a drag strip to see which could reach a quarter of a mile first.

It is not worth trying to hide the outcome because it is obvious otherwise we would not write about this YouTube video. This wasn’t an even close result, but there is a good reason for that.

The Tesla Model S is a stock version, so no performance enchantments, but the Miata made use of a couple of forklift motors and a 333-volt lithium-ion battery pack, which gives it plenty of torque off the line.

It is for this reason why this is an unfair test because it is like pitting a standard Mercedes against a Black Edition. The Miata did the quarter of a mile in 9.27 seconds and reached a speed of 142 mph, whereas the Model S did it in 12.72 seconds and reached a top speed of 102 mph.

There is something positive we can take from this though, and that is the future of electric vehicles looks very promising. However, it is all very well having that kind of performance in an EV, we just need to get the batteries to last much longer.

We have seen signs of battery technology enhancements, but we need a major leap if we expect to see nothing but electric vehicles on our roads.

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Electric Miata vs. Tesla Model S shows performance potential