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MOTOR’s Top 10 Quickest Cars of 2017

Each year the numbers on the list get smaller and smaller

We meant to do this list last year but, um, er, forgot, but the last time we remembered, in 2015, the fastest car that year – the Porsche 911 GT3 – would only be sixth on this year’s list.

Just a note, this list only includes cars we have independently tested over the past 12 months, so as much as we’d love there to be, there’s no Bugatti Chiron etc. So without any further ado, here’s MOTOR’s 10 fastest cars of 2017.

10. Alfa Romeo Giulia QV

0-100km/h 4.09sec 0-400m 12.05sec @ 194.21km/h

In a three-car comparison with its main German rivals, the Alfa established itself as the straight-line king thanks to strong off-the-line traction, a broad torque spread and super-short gearing.


0-100km/h 4.14sec 0-400m 12.03sec @ 195.55km/h

As you’d hope given its price premium, the M4 GTS knocked out the fastest times we’ve ever extracted from an M car. It also sounds insane, with a vicious straight-six rasp overlaid with booms and hisses from the turbos. Fastest times recorded without launch control.

8. Streetfighter SFP700S

0-100km/h 4.19sec 0-400m 11.73sec @ 211.11km/h

Probably the most powerful car on this list, if this was a 100-200km/h chart the Streetfighter would be sitting at number one. During our Modified Mustang Shootout the SFP700S was launched gingerly in second gear but once rolling was unstoppable.

7. Walkinshaw W557

0-100km/h 3.81sec 0-400m 11.69sec @ 201.56km/h

The quickest Aussie car we’ve ever tested, the Walkinshaw W557 hooked up beautifully to reel off an outstanding 0-100km/h time (on regular street tyres at full pressures) and with 557kW/980Nm it has no trouble keeping up that pace.

6. Mercedes-AMG E63 S

0-100km/h 3.75sec 0-400m 11.63sec @ 202.02km/h

There’s more to come from the E63 S. On the day we tested it the engine had too little oil and wouldn’t allow launch control to be activated, so we filled it up and then it had too much oil. Nonetheless with 450kW/850Nm and all-wheel drive it’s an absolute rocket.

5. Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2

0-100km/h 3.55sec 0-400m 11.25sec @ 209.46km/h

The rear-wheel drive Huracan might be the ‘baby’ of the range, but it’s anything but sluggish. Traction is remarkably strong and that howling V10 is a work of art – it will appear again later on this list.

4. Nissan GT-R Nismo

0-100km/h 3.28sec 0-400m 11.19sec @ 203.08km/h

You always have to be careful labelling anything idiot-proof, but the GT-R Nismo is as close as it gets. It reeled off three passes identical to the tenth and while the regular GT-R posted almost identical numbers, the Nismo’s extra power made the difference at the top end.

3. Ferrari 488 GTB

0-100km/h 3.30sec 0-400m 11.00sec @ 214.40km/h

In terms of pure acceleration this is the quickest standard production car on this list – check out that trap speed. However, putting all 492kW/760Nm to the ground is difficult from a standing start – launch control is no good – and its roll-on speed is stunning.

2. Audi R8 V10 Plus

0-100km/h 3.18sec 0-400m 10.93sec @ 209.58km/h

Now we’re into the 10s. Audi’s ultimate supercar reels off ultra-consistent, fuss-free passes singing its sweet V10 song, its brutal 449kW of top-end power putting it at the pointy end of the supercar acceleration podium.

1. Porsche 911 Turbo S

0-100km/h 2.90sec 0-400m 10.7sec @ 212.40km/h

It didn’t feel that fast. Sure, the head was pinned to the seat from the ferocity of the launch and the acceleration was as unrelenting as the T1000 from Terminator 2, but a ten-point-seven!!! Staggering speed, staggering car, which is why it’s our reigning Performance Car of the Year.





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Holden Commodore VF street car with Sequential Gearbox test run

Watch the flat changes!
Holden Commodore VF street car with Sequential Gearbox test run.


It is designed to cope with the demands of top-level motorsport and incorporates the latest technology and features. These include a unique system that provides far greater shift-speeds that, combined with PPG’s legendary reliability, delivers unrivalled performance and durability at a realistic price. 




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Twin-turbo Holden Colorado confirmed

IF YOU thought the Aussie high-performance ute met its demise with the end of Falcon and Commodore, think again.

Trade utes are huge business in this country, and, as the December issue of Wheels reveals, Holden, Ford, Mercedes-Benz  and even Toyota do not intend to leave the high-riding, ‘go-fast, go-anywhere’ segment untapped.

Our journos have had their noses to the ground and ears pressed up to doorways to uncover precise details of the new wave of harder, faster trade utes. We won’t give too much away here, but for Holden fans, a hi-po version of the Colorado, powered by a potent twin-turbo V6 sourced from a GM premium brand, is certain to spark a huge reaction.

Ford, meanwhile, already has form in the USA with the mighty F150 Raptor, and we reveal how Ford Australia is toiling feverishly to ready its own version of the Ranger that will transform its best-seller into a street-legal Trophy Truck.

But if you prefer your motoring a bit from the ‘sealed section’ , you’ll want to grab December Wheelsto read how Hyundai’s first true hot hatch, the i30 N, deals with being flung up and down Austria’s highest, finest mountain pass; the mighty Grossglockner. Hint:  with zero sooking.

Via: Wheels Mag




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PARTICIPATING IN TARGA WEST, particularly the Kalamunda stages has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Being Kalamunda locals, my wife Anja and I have seen the event come through town for the last 10 or so years and always wanted to be part of it. Earlier this year, we purchased a 2013 VF SSV with the intent of slowly improving it and using it for the HSV club track days. My 2015 GTS was a fantastically fun car around Barbagallo, but I always felt I was risking it by taking it out, and with the upcoming delivery of my new GTSR W557, I knew it was time to get something more dedicated to the track.

Anja and I have both been having a lot of fun in the SS. The work done by Brett Stewart and his team at FTP have transformed the SS from a pseudo suburban taxi into a super reliable road licensed race car that we can still drive to the track and back, with air-conditioning and radio, and without the hassles of a trailer. When Targa rolled around again this year, I had entertained my dreams again of participating, but had resigned myself that there was still too much to be done to the car (whilst on our ‘to-do’ list we still hadn’t fitted a roll cage, amongst other things), and that entering an event like this was far above our skill level. We had done some track days, but nothing ever like a tarmac rally. Anja will say I don’t listen to her at the best of times, how would we go with her giving me high speed directions up the Zig Zag? Would our marriage of 18 years even survive!?!? One evening about 6 weeks out from the event, an email went around from the HSV club,
encouraging people to “Get involved or get entered”. There was an option to enter in the Challenge category, no roll cage required but limited to 130km/ hr. We had a chat at home, and after a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors to decide who might drive, I gave Jamie Gilbert a call. Jamie as always was very encouraging, and put me in contact with Ross Tapper (Director for Targa West). As it was our first time, and from what I believe the entries were down, Ross agreed to let us enter in the Challenge class, for the Friday only. Zig Zag here we come…

We entered the event and received amazing support from Ross Tapper and his crew. They helped push our entry through the system, set us up with all the required documentation and some tips for scrutineering and the event itself. We were given the Road Book (instructions on how to navigate the Special Stages and the transport between them) and a set of stickers. We attended a Rookies night at Shannon’s in Cannington, with a great presentation given by Paul van der Mey on co-driving basics and general running of the Rally itself. Next was getting the car sorted. Back to Brett and the crew @ FTP who did an amazing amount of work in a short time. We got the car up to the requirements for the class and to pass scrutineering. Brett also applied a variation of his famous black and green livery, with graphics customised to our business.

We took some time for reconnaissance around the special stages, and Anja made some very good pacenotes. Some further discussion again on who would be driving, another round of
rock-paper-scissors (always go rock for the win) and we were ready to compete. The event itself was a huge amount fun with some fast stages through Whiteman Park and the
Zig Zag, and the longer stages from Kalamunda to Mundaring and back again. Despite a string of some 13 penalties for ‘Exceeding 130km/hr’ – (I’m sure that’s the co-drivers responsibility
to monitor!) we ran some respectful stage times. The day, even though quite long (7.30 am to finally getting back to Rally HQ at the Hyatt around 9.30pm) absolutely whizzed by. The day was
topped off with a, well let’s call it an ‘entertaining’ dinner in Northbridge with the Team Dezire crew (thanks Doug and Jamie), while the cars were presented along James street for the punters
to admire. The coordination of the event staff and volunteers to keep some 70 cars safe, on time and in the right order was amazing. Special thanks to Brett and Formula Tech Performance for building us such a reliable and fun car, the sponsorship and the FTP teams amazing support, and everyone from the HSV club for helping us along the way. If this is something on your bucket or to-do list, my suggestion is to certainly have a go. If we can do it, so can you.





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30 Years of HSV


Known primarily for producing Australia’s best performance cars, HSV have also developed some of the most exciting concept cars during their 30 years in the industry.

On October 16, 2016, HSV entered its 30th year, having produced and sold over 85,000 vehicles since production of the first HSV – the iconic VL Walkinshaw Group A SS, in March 1988.

To commemorate this milestone, HSV have shared on their website, the key models, moments, people and events that have helped shape the HSV brand over its journey.


25th Anniversary GTS

E Series 3 GTS

26. E SERIES 3 GTS (2011)

20 Years of Maloo

25. 20 YEARS OF MALOO (2010)

E Series 2 GTS

24. E SERIES 2 GTS (2006)


23. W427 (2008)

E Series GTS

22. E SERIES GTS (2006)

Z Series Signature Coupé


Z Series Maloo R8

20. Z SERIES MALOO R8 (2004)


19. COUPE4 (2004)

GTS Coupe Series 2

18. GTS COUPE SERIES 2 (2003)


17. VY GTS (2002)

GTS Coupé

16. GTS COUPÉ (2001)


15. VX GTS (2000)

VX ClubSport R8

14. VX CLUBSPORT R8 (2000)


13. VTII SV99 (1999)


12. VT GTS (1997)

VSII Grange

11. VSII GRANGE (1996)


10. VS GTSR (1996)


9. VS GTS (1995)


8. VR GTS (1994)


7. VP GTS (1992)

VN Group A SS

6. VN GROUP A SS (1990)

VG Maloo

5. VG MALOO (1990)

VN ClubSport

4. VN CLUBSPORT (1990)

VN SV5000

3. VN SV5000 (1989)

VL Walkinshaw


Concept Car Innovations






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Ford Mustang Performance


We saw it under the bonnet of Ford’s wild ‘King Cobra’ Mustang concept at last November’s SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas and now can confirm the most powerful official supercharger kit ever offered by the Blue Oval will be available for Ford’s new Mustang in Australia.

The sixth-generation ‘Stang arrives in local Ford dealers in December, priced from under $45,000for the Fastback EcoBoost manual, which is powered by a 233kW/432Nm 2.3-litre turbo-four.

Naturally, V8 versions will also be offered, with a 303kW/525Nm 5.0-litre bent eight gracing the sub-$55K GT coupe and the range-topping Convertible GT ($63,990 plus ORCs).

But for a little bit more money, Aussie Mustang customers will be able to pack a whole lot more performance – a V8 Supercar-crushing 670hp (500kW), in fact.

The power boost comes courtesy of Ford Performance Racing’s official ‘Super Pack’, which was developed by famed US Mustang tuner Roush Performance and has been available from all Ford dealers in North America since shortly after the Mk6 Mustang went on sale there last September.

However, Roush’s ballistic 500kW Stage 3 supercharger kit for the Mustang won’t be available here from Ford dealers, although Ford Australia is close to announcing an official performance upgrade – developed by its European performance partner Mountune for EcoBoost turbo-four versions of the Mustang, Fiesta ST and Focus ST.

Instead, the hyper-blower for the Mustang GT will be available from Australia’s official Ford Performance Racing distributor, Herrod Motorsport, who is also an official Roush Performance agent.

Full details of the high-output Mustang kit will not be announced until company chief, renowned Melbourne-based hot Ford builder Rob Herrod, returns from meetings with Roush and Ford in Detroit next month.

However, understands the HSV GTS-killing Stage 3 kit could become available here for as little as $12,000-$15,000 depending on exchange rates.

Warranty details also remain unconfirmed, but all Roush kits come with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty in the US when installed by authorised dealers.

The Mustang GT blower kit could be the centrepiece of an entire range of Ford Racing Performance and Roush parts available here, including everything from bespoke body kits comprising body-colour bonnet, body side and quarter window scoops, to 20-inch forged or polished wheels, leather Recaro seats, billet pedals, manual shifter ball and even illuminated door sills.

Ford has announced a limited range of Mustang options for Australia, including racing stripes ($650), a black roof ($975), Nickel Lustre alloys and metallic paint (both $500).

But in the US, Mustang buyers can also choose a Drag Pack comprising heavy-duty half shafts and a rear sub-frame with high-performance bushings, or a Handling Pack with three-way adjustable coil-over suspension, new rear shocks, a stabiliser bar kit and shorter, stiffer springs that lower the car about an inch.

Priced from US $21,995 in North America, Roush’s full Stage 3 Mustang GT package includes the supercharger kit, plus a quad-outlet active exhaust system, adjustable-height coil-over suspension with extreme-duty TrakPak axles and 20-inch Quicksilver wheels with ultra-high-performance Cooper RS3 tyres.

It also comes with a full body kit comprising front fascia, grille, chin splitter, hood scoop, side rockers, decklid spoiler, fender badges, windscreen banner, rear blackout panel, driving lights and graphics, plus a numbered/signed engine bay plaque, dash medallion, embroidered floor mats – all Roush-branded.

For many though, the Stage 3 big-bore blower should be enough. It includes Roush’s new 2015-spec 2.3-litre Twin Vortices Series (TVS) supercharger, plus a six-rib belt drive system, unique intake manifold, electronic throttle body, air inlet system, fuel rail, high-flow fuel-injectors, air-to-liquid intercooler and a revised ECU with Ford Racing calibration.

Essentially the same spec as the 2014 Shelby GT500, the ‘ROUSHcharged’ 5.0-litre ‘Coyote’ V8 is claimed to deliver “more horsepower per litre than any other OE American muscle car, while maintaining an unrivalled level of driveability”.

Fitted with an early 625hp (465kW) version, the King Cobra seen at SEMA is said to have achieved a 10.97-second quarter-mile pass at the Milan Dragway in Michigan last August.

Roush also offers a milder 325kW Stage 2 kit for the 5.0-litre GT and a Stage 1 kit for the Mustang EcoBoost in the US.

Ford’s hotter naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre Shelby GT350 and GT350R will not be produced in right-hand drive, but a range of Shelby options will also be available for local Mustang owners via another Melbourne-based tuner, Mustang Motorsport Australia.

In fact, Shelby’s official Australian mod-shop has already begun conversion work on a handful of 2015 Mustang GTs – the only examples in the country apart from Ford Australia’s two left-hand drive models – for anyone willing to pay a handsome premium to be the first to own Ford’s new pony car here.

In the absence of a factory RHD version of Chevrolet’s new Camaro, the new Mustang looks like being one of the few affordable V8 performance cars to remain after Ford’s homegrown Falcon XR8 and the Holden Commodore SS shuffle off in a few years.

Ford Australia now says it has more than 1500 firm orders and 15,000-plus potential buyers for the new pony car more than six months before its local release. It seems they’ll have almost as many performance and customisation options.





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Magnuson Supercharger Perth


Magnuson Supercharged Mercedes AMG C63, Perth Western Australia

Offering the best bang for your boosted buck, Magnuson Products’ new Heartbeat supercharger range raises forced induction to a new level of performance with reduced intake temperatures, enhanced airflow and superior housing efficiencies.

Unrivalled efficiency equals unrivalled performance in a combination that not only packs a powerful punch, it also stuns the senses with the most aesthetically pleasing, best packaged, best fitting supercharger available.

A design principle unhindered by marketing expectations provided Magnuson’s design team with the knowledge that they could, with no restraint, develop the best engineered, most technologically advanced supercharger housing, intake manifold and drive system ever devised by the automotive aftermarket.

Stage two in the development cycle involved Magnuson Superchargers Australia (MSA) designing and developing a fitting kit of unparalleled quality for the V8 VE and VF Holden and HSV range. Significant in-field testing with stock L98, camshaft equipped LS3 and heavily modified E85 fuel fed LS3 engines ensued, resulting in a product capable of delivering astonishing performance in all weather conditions from minus zero at the top of Tasmania’s Mount Wellington to the sweltering conditions experienced in Darwin.
Facilitating in-field testing, MSA worked closely with Australian suppliers to create a comprehensive kit consisting of only the best available parts. An example of this collaboration had MSA working closely with Queensland based PWR Performance Products intent on ensuring the lowest possible intake temperature of any currently available positive displacement supercharger. PWR exceeded expectations via proven technologies as used to achieve top-of-the-podium results in Formula 1, NASCAR, DTM, Indy Car and V8 Supercar.

The program included the development of dual-pass Charge-Air Coolers and complementary front-mount Low Temperature Radiators; a combination that has subsequently proven to offer the lowest intake temperatures of any comparable positive displacement supercharger available anywhere in the world.

For Prices and details, Please call us at 08 9494 2424. We are based in Perth, Western Australia.




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Motorvation 30

Formula Tech team had a wonderful weekend at Motorvation 2016. It is privilege for us to be major sponsor of the event. We received very positive response from people about the Vehicles on display and especially our Dyno competition. Thank you for your support.





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The W547 Performance Package

New W547 package gives LS3 V8-powered Commodores more power than a V8 Supercar for $26K.

Only a couple of weeks after HSV launched its new MY16 GEN-F2 range — including the 400kW supercharged 6.2-litre LSA V8-powered ClubSport, Senator and Maloo — Walkinshaw Performance Products (WPP) has let rip with an insane 547kW package.

As the name suggests, the W547 pack hikes outputs to a rampant 547kW and 880Nm, and is compatible with anything powered by GM’s naturally aspirated LS3 V8 — meaning all Holden MY16 VFII Commodore SS models and all MY2012-2015 HSVs except the GTS.

That’s right, for $25,990 supplied and fitted, WPP’s latest supercharger package offers a V8 Supercar-beating 730hp-plus power output, whether it’s in a 340kW HSV or a 304kW Holden Commodore SS.

As with all of Walkinshaw’s W Series packs – of which almost 2000 have been sold and fitted — the W547 comes with a WPP driveline warranty.

Walkinshaw seldom reveals 0-100km/h acceleration times, but based on the fact we managed 4.3 seconds in the W507 – which comes with a ‘mere’ 507kW – the new W547 pack could see your humble Commodore deliver exotica-rivalling acceleration, if it can get its power to the ground.

Given this month’s VFII Commodore SS comes standard with the LS3 6.2 V8 for which the W547 is designed, the most affordable way to gain W547 power is via a $40,990 Ute SS manual, taking the price to $66,980 plus on-road costs.

Alternatively, a W547-powered Commodore sedan will cost $44,490 for the VFII SS manual plus $25,990 for the kit, taking the price to $70,480 plus ORCs.

That compares to the $80,990 plus ORCs price of the new 400kW HSV ClubSport R8, meaning a saving of just over $10,000. However, the HSV benefits from a number of driveline updates, including the larger 9.9-inch diff from the GTS.

Walkinshaw, which owns both WPP and HSV, makes no modifications to the gearbox (six-speed manual or auto) or driveline as part of the W547 pack and says its WPP Drive Line Warranty lasts the duration of the manufacturer’s warranty.

As well as the addition of an Eaton Twin Vortice 2300 Series supercharger, requisite plumbing and the fitment of a water-to-air intercooler, the Chevrolet-sourced V8s get new internals including upgraded camshafts, cam sprockets, crank bolts, valve spring retainers, valve stem locks and a new exhaust system — see the full list below.

“With the launch of VFII it makes sense for WPP to release one of its most exciting W Series packages yet,” said the company’s general manager Tony Harris, noting the package took years to develop.

The WPP boss said that while the 547kW power figure is an incredible achievement, he observed that “It’s not necessarily about the power and torque, it’s really about how well the package is put together and how well it drives,” he said.

The first 50 customers for the W547 W Series Package will snaffle a special ‘Launch Package’ including a yellow supercharger and gloss yellow cast aluminium coil covers. The same 50 early adopters also get hot laps in a V8 Supercar, with a signed and framed photo of the car driven by Lee Holdsworth.

Walkinshaw V8Supercar team owner Charlie Schwerkolt commented: “This is the newest and most powerful Walkinshaw Performance package ever made, and the lucky customers who purchase one of these upgrades will have more power at their hands than what is experienced in our race car.”

W547 Package features:
WP230 Supercharger
Large high-flow injectors
Eaton Twin Vortices 2300 Series (TVS) Gen VI rotors
Water-to-air intercooler package
Custom moulded heater hoses
Cast aluminium coil covers
Unique Walkinshaw Performance injection moulded cold air intake package
Heavy duty serpentine belt drive system with Goodyear ‘Gatorback’ belt
12-inch long intake runners
Custom moulded intercooler hoses
Self-contained oil system
WP Camshaft and Valve Spring Upgrade
OEM Spec Camshaft
Cam Sprocket
Crank Bolt
Camshaft Bolt Set
Valve Spring Retainers
Valve Stem Locks
Valve Springs Beehive Style
WPP Ceramic Coated Headers
WPP Dual Active Cat Back Exhaust
WPP Drive Line Warranty
W547 Badging
W547 Certificate of Authenticity
Full dyno tune from an authorised Walkinshaw Performance Centre







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Drag race : Model S P85D v V8 Supercar v Walkinshaw W507

Supercheap Auto Racing’s V8 Supercar racer takes on the world’s fastest four-door production car in a drag race of historic proportions. 

In this gig, we motoring journos are often driven to pitch story ideas that we know will never get off the ground. It’s a built-in compulsion. So, when we asked the lads at Supercheap Auto Racing if they’d be interested in a drag race, we didn’t think there’d be much chance of it ever happening.

Imagine our surprise when the answer was an enthusiastic and unequivocal ‘yes’.


Not only were they up for the challenge, the Supercheap Auto Racing team, which competes in the V8 Supercars Championship (Australia’s premier motorsport category), even offered to provide a track: Victoria’s Winton Raceway.

That’s not all, though. Pulling out all the stops, the team also agreed to bring their ace driver, Tim Slade, and his 650hp+Holden Commodore V8 Supercar.

His challenger? The world’s fastest four-door sedan.


You may be surprised to hear that it’s not a supercharged or turbocharged V8 or V10 monster — it’s the fully electricTesla Model S P85D with Insane Mode (recently superseded by the Model S P90D and Ludicrous Mode).

The Model S P85D pushes out a mind-numbing combined 567kW of power (that’s over 750hp) and claims to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.3 seconds (although the best we could manage in our earlier Model S drag race was 3.5 seconds).


The Supercheap Auto Racing V8 Supercar, on the other hand, produces over 480kW of power and promises a 0-100km/h sprint time – in perfect conditions – of 3.4-seconds.

The V8 Supercar has a weight benefit, coming in at just 1400kg with next to no interior, where the Model S P85D tips the scales at over 2000kg, but has the benefit of all-wheel drive.

Of course, you can’t drive a track-specified V8 Supercar on the road. So, we wanted to get the help of the fastest series-production four-door sedan built in Australia, the HSV GTS. For good measure, we decided on an example with a bit more pep in its step, so we enlisted the help of Walkinshaw Performance.


Enter, the Walkinshaw Performance W507, a tuned version of the HSV GTS that both looks and sounds the part. Driven by a menacing 507kW (680hp) 6.2-litre supercharged V8, the W507 promises a 0-100km/h time of just just over 4.0 seconds.

So, the challenge was set: the world’s fastest four-door sedan against the fastest Australian-built four-door sedans.

The first drag race was the Walkinshaw Performance W507 against the Tesla Model S P85D. At the start line, all I could hear was my colleague Dave revving the big brute, releasing an intoxicating dose of supercharger whine and exhaust noise.


With a six-speed automatic gearbox, Dave couldn’t merely stand on the throttle — the 850Nm on tap would cause the rear tyres to erupt into tyre smoke. Instead, he’d need to ease on the throttle before standing on it for the 400-ish metre straight.

My job is easier. With the car in Insane Mode (the maximum current draw from the batteries) and creep set to ‘off’, all I would need to do is let go of the pedals and hit the loud pedal for its full complement of torque. The Model S P85D is capable of churning over 1150Nm of torque through all four wheels, so it certainly has the technical advantage off the line.


As our race starter drops his hands, we both get on to the throttle. The Model S P85D rockets ahead in the first 100 metres, blitzing Dave while he grapples for traction. By around half way, I can see Dave gaining on me as the fully-electric Tesla tapers off.

It’s not enough though, as we reach the finish line and I complete the sprint some four car lengths ahead of Dave.


The stupendous acceleration off the line causes your whole body to be shoved back into the seat as the Tesla gains traction, eating up the space (and time) in front of it. The relentless push starts slowing after around 100km/h, but by this point I’d secured the win.

Still, that first run had me worried. If a supercharged V8 road car was chomping at the bit, how would a full-blown race car with slick tyres go?

As Slade performed his warm up laps around the track, I was blown away by the noise. The side exhaust outlets emit an almighty roar with each gear change. The naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine uses a Holden 308 cast iron block, control cam shafts and an aluminium dry sump. The interior is entirely stripped out and features Slade’s race seat, a whole bunch of flashing lights and three pedals.


The gearbox is a trick six-speed sequential transaxle with an integrated spool differential and a triple-plate carbon 7 and 1/4 inch clutch. The giant AP Racing brakes measure 395mm up front and 355mm at the rear, operating at up to 900 degrees Celsius under race conditions. On top of that, the car weighs just 1400kg with Slade on board — bearing a near-1000kg weight saving over the Model S P85D.

Slade’s car must be switched off at idle because it has no engine fan, and if it were to stay running, the team could risk damaging the engine. As we line up to race, Slade fires up the V8 Supercar. To say I was a little nervous would be an understatement.


The Model S is dead silent, so all I can hear is Slade revving the car. Just before the countdown starts, Slade sets the vehicle’s launch parameters. A manual brake operates to hold the vehicle as Slade climbs the engine to its perfect rev band.

As our race-starter counts down to zero, Slade drops the brake and releases the clutch to rocket away from the line. Slade’s cold tyres see him struggles with traction off the line, as I charge forward in the Model S P85D.


Just before the half way marker I realise I have a clear lead over the V8 Supercar. But, it wasn’t over yet.

As Slade builds speed and locks in full traction, he begins reeling in the electric Tesla. By the three-quarter marker I scan my rear-vision mirror to find Slade just metres behind me.

We smash past the finish line with the Tesla ahead by a tight two car lengths. As I hit the brakes — by this point I’m travelling at almost 170km/h, some 47 metres per second — Slade’s V8 Supercar rockets past me, taking the racing line for the first corner.


It’s at this point that I realise the fury and power under the bonnet of the V8 Supercar. The mentally loud machine sounds like it’s sitting in my dash as Slade gears down with backfires to match.

We end our drag race at the finish line chatting about the experience. Slade was blown away by the pace on offer from the Tesla Model S P85D. We all thought that with an extra 50m or so, the V8 Supercar would probably have the win.


But, it goes to show how totally incredible the Model S P85D is from a straight-line speed point of view. It has the goods to take on almost any road car and, as we’ve seen, a full-blown race car.

The guys at Supercheap Auto Racing want a rematch though — this time with a longer straight.

What do you think? Should we get a Ludicrous Mode Model S P90D and give them an extra 100m?

Read our review of the 2016 Tesla Model S P85D here and watch a drag race between the Model S P85 and the P85D here. Read more about the Walkinshaw Performance W507 here.

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