Tesla Model S goes up against electric Taiga snowmobile in quarter-mile showdown [Video]

Taiga Snowmoble vs Tesla Model S

In what may be the most unusual, but most Canadian drag race ever, a Tesla Model S goes head-to-head against an electric Taiga snowmobile.

Taiga Motors is a Quebec-based manufacturer that opened in 2015 and specializes in electric personal watercraft and snowmobiles. Earlier this year on World EV Day the Canadian company showed off their whisper-quiet electric Orca personal watercraft paired with a Tesla Model Y.

Now that we’re days away from winter, Taiga is showing off how their electric snowmobile fairs against a Tesla Model S in a 1/4 mile sprint.

Filmed at the Napierville Dragway in Quebec earlier this summer, the Tesla Club Quebec brought out a Model S 85D for a friendly race, and the result may surprise you.

Before you say it was only a 85D, the 180hp Taiga Atlas can reach 100km/h in 2.9 seconds. That’s nearly a second faster than the Long Range Plus at 3.8 seconds, and within spitting distance of the Performance Model S time of 2.5 seconds.

Taiga offers three variants of their electric snowmobile with ‘Standard’ or ‘Performance’ options – the Ekko, Atlas, and Nomad. The longest range Atlas can travel 140km on a fully charged 27kWh battery that can recharge to 80% in just 20 minutes using a DC fast charging station

Taiga snowmobiles

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