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Tesla Model 3 Performance takes on Porsche 911 GT3 in autocross racing showdown
Posted on June 23, 2020 by Iqtidar Ali
In this showdown, it's not drag race where vehicle performance is measured by how quick off the line each car launches or how fast it reaches top speed. Instead, pitting these cars against one another, a Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Porsche 911 GT3, in an autocross race gives us far more insight into each car’s handling agility and consistency in lap completion times.
Above: Tesla Model 3 Performance and Porsche 911 GT3 side-by-side, looking forward to the autocross race (Source: DragTimes / Instagram)
Even though the Porsche 911 GT3 is built for racing from the ground up, the Tesla Model 3 compact electric sedan beats it on its own turf. Keep in mind: the 911 GT3 is 438 kg (1,547 lbs) lighter than the Model 3 Performance but even with this edge, the German assassin couldn’t score a win in a single lap (out of three).
After Tesla's recent $2,000 price drop off its Model 3, one can buy three Model 3s for the price of one Porsche 911 GT3 and still win on a race track. Check out a price and performance spec comparison of both cars (see above) before jumping into the video — these stats will surely make the race more compelling to watch.
Above: Porsche 911 GT3 vs. Tesla Model 3 Performance autocross race (YouTube: DragTimes).
Looking at the video above, I'm not sure if the driver of the Model 3 activated ‘Track Mode’ but we can safely assume it was ON as the DragTimes host, Brooks Weisblat, is an experienced Tesla owner and enthusiast. Whatever the case, the Model 3 Performance completely crushed Porsche's 911 GT3 in autocross racing.
Lap Times / Results
Source: Tesla Oracle
Tesla Model 3 Performance stats remain very consistent throughout multiple races. Note: this is typically the case with Tesla's prior drag race results too. But trying to get consistent results like this from an internal combustion engine (ICE) car can be quite challenging.
Former Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg arranged a drag race of the Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS and to everyone’s shock, the Model 3 won that race. It wasn't the first time a Model 3 faced a Porsche 911 — they also both drag raced one another earlier this year in the UK.
Being a native German auto company, Porsche might want to rethink their strategy. Why? It turns out the German government is keen on enforcing more stringent emissions standards. At this time, in the EV space, only Porsche's super-pricey Taycan can really challenge with Tesla. Meanwhile, the forthcoming Tri-Motor Plaid Tesla Model S is likely to capture the attention of even the most loyal Porsche petrol-heads.
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