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How does Tesla ‘Ludicrous Speed’ work?

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Following the announcement that Tesla will be releasing a ‘Ludicrous Speed’ upgrade for the dual-motor Model S P85D and upcoming Model X, the natural question emerged: How does Tesla Ludicrous Speed work?

How was Tesla able to extract more acceleration from the already ‘Insane’(ly) quick Model S P85D, and from the same battery back?

It’s important to first understand that the Model S uses an inverter to convert the transfer of electrons from Tesla direct current (DC) battery back to alternating current (AC) of the electric motor. Quoting an analogy provided by ExplainThatStuff, we learn that the electrons work like a line of ants, marching along with packets of electrical energy in the same way that ants carry leaves. The more ants we have, theoretically, the more packets of electrical energy we’ll have.

Correlating that back to the Tesla Model S, complex algorithms within Tesla’s Firmware helps maintain constant torque by controlling the amount of current through the electric motors. Ludicrous Speed increases the current draw from the battery from 1,300 amps to 1,500 amps thereby allowing the electric motors to temporarily produce more power and for a longer duration of time. End result? Mind-shattering acceleration to the tune of 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

>>> RELATED: Specifications for Tesla Model S and Model X Ludicrous Speed

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