Hoonigan's This vs. That series has a premise so simple it is explained entirely in the title: Two cars are introduced, they drag race, one wins. But with the cars all different in every run, it became hard to use the clips to get a sense for exactly how fast a car is in comparison to other cars. This led to a special series where Ken Block's Hoonicorn was the measuring stick for a wide variety of modified drag racers. But the Hoonicorn is still a heavily modified car itself, not something that a drag racer could buy from a showroom. This left room for another series.
At most drag strips, a completely stock Tesla Model S Plaid will be the fastest road legal thing around. 1020 horsepower and a tri-motor all-wheel drive setup contribute to 9.2 second quarter mile times, a number that briefly a production record last year. That reliable ability to go from a showroom to a drag strip and put down an awe-inspiring time makes the Plaid the perfect barometer for other road legal drag cars, all while being so quiet that you can hear the engine of the other car perfectly.
You see where this is going. The newest This vs. That special series is called This vs. Plaid, and the entire premise is that people bring their modified drag cars down to challenge the Plaid head to head. The first episode, which released earlier today, sees a Hank Iroz-tuned Audi R8 challenge the Tesla in the quarter mile.
The Plaid's first showing was not the dominance it shows over other road cars. With the R8 in 1200 horsepower spec, the Tesla loses narrowly. Once Iroz pumps the R8 up to 1450, however, a two car-length advantage for a Tesla is wiped out immediately. Even a 9 second car is no match for an 8 second car.