The Tesla Model 3 Performance is incredibly fast off the line, with a reported time of zero to sixty of 3.2 seconds. On paper, the new Corvette C8 is even faster, capable of delivering times under the 3 second mark, but in this drag racing video, the Model 3 has no problem just moving forward.
The C8 has even been independently timed by Car & Driver as being able to finish the benchmark sprint in 2.8 seconds, although with the optional sport exhaust that pushes its total power up to 495 hp (5 hp from more than the stock) and the Z51 group.
So how and why was the Tesla able to effortlessly beat it off the line? Well, even if the Corvette C8 has a naturally aspirated engine, its power is therefore more immediate than that which you get with forced-feed engines, it still takes more time to start.
Even with the launch control activated, it only gets bogged down on the line and tilt up and down on its suspension before starting to accelerate at full speed. In the Tesla, however, you get none of this and from the moment you step on the starter pedal, the car goes forward without loss of traction and drama.
This video, however, only shows rapid pull of the two vehicles, and the higher power of the Vette would likely see it pass the Tesla as speeds increased. But for this short race, the Model 3 came out on top, leaving no doubt about the fastest vehicle; Maybe the C8 didn’t get off to a good start, but even so, the performance of the Tesla was very impressive.