Tesla’s new ‘Ludicrous Mode’ makes the Model S a beast

Boosts its 0-60 time to just 2.8 seconds

Environmentally conscious daredevils finally have a car to suit their needs. Tesla has announced a new Ludicrous Mode for the Model S that'll enable it to go from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

Speed freaks usually disregard the environment with gas-guzzling vehicles, but now they can don an electric car. Tesla's new Ludicrous Mode makes the Model S reach 155mph 20 per cent faster than the bog-standard version.

The boost, which comes via the aid of a new “smart fuse” allows the car to accelerate at 1.1G, which CEO Elon Musk says makes it “faster than falling.”

Beyond the fuse, Musk added: ”That was combined with upgrading the main pack contractor to use inconel (a high temperature space-grade superalloy) instead of steel so that it remains springy under the heat of heavy current."

Ludicrous Mode isn't exclusively for the Model S either. Musk confirmed that it would feature on the Tesla Model X SUV following testing, which will boost its 0-60 time to 3.3 seconds.

The only caveat is the price. It isn't exactly a cheap add-on, going for a hefty $10,000. If you're already driving a Model S but want to upgrade, then you can get Ludicrous Mode installed for $5,000 within the next six months.

Tesla also announced plans to revisit its original electric car: the Roadster. It was originally released in 2008, but Tesla plans to release a new and improved version in 2019.

Nathan George

Nathan George is a freelance journalist who has contributed to T3.com in the fields of gaming, social media, streaming services, autonomous vehicles, phones, virtual reality headsets, wireless speakers and future tech. He studied journalism at the University of the West of England and is a holder of the Bronze and Silver The Duke of Edinburgh Award.