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Tesla Roadster achieves 12.7-second 1/4 mile run

by Nick Aziz

If there's one thing upstart automaker Tesla has made clear, it's that electric cars don't have to be slow or goofy. The automaker reported today its Roadster model achieved a 12.7 second time down the quarter mile. At a terminal velocity of 105 miles per hour, the Roadster holds its own against performance-oriented gasoline-powered sports cars.



The Roadster model used was equipped with the "version 1.5" transmission, which features a single-speed gear ratio, rather than the two-speed gearbox used in the original drivetrain.

The driver's reaction time was 0.764, and the 60-foot sprint took just 2.058 seconds. 330 feet were history in 5.384 seconds, while 660 feet were covered in just 8.170 seconds.