You’re either a fan of Mazda’s iconic two-seat sports coupe, or you loathe it with a passion. Currently in its twenty-fifth year of production, the diminutive Madza Miata — or MX-5 to some — has yet to give up its traditional in-line four-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive setup for something with a plug, but that hasn’t stopped it from being a popular car for EV enthusiasts to convert to electric.
While most Miata conversions combine modest performance with practical everyday range however, one all-electric Miata is like no other, and regularly takes to the local drag strip to show anyone brave enough what all-electric power can do.
And this weekend, that’s exactly what John Metric’s “Assault and Battery” did, proving that it has the power needed to show up Tesla’s legendary Model S sedan.
Racing head-to-head with a Tesla Model S P85, the Miata managed a 9.27 second quarter mile at a terminal speed of 142 mph, obliterating the Tesla Model S’ 12.72 @102 mph. Powered by a 368-volt lithium-ion battery pack that drives a pair of DC forklift motors, the same car set a a new NEDRA world record for the XS class — that’s extreme street for those who don’t know– last October, completing the quarter mile in 9.122 seconds at a terminal speed of 145.16 mph.
When it attacked the Tesla this weekend, Assault and Battery’s pack was tuned down to a lowly 333 volts, but as the video above (via Jalopnik) shows, it still had more than enough to show the Model S the true meaning of power.
While drag strips are usually the place where the internal combustion engine is worshipped in an ever-increasing, deafening crescendo of muscle cars and burning rubber, the video also reminds us how wonderful the drag strip could be if only electric cars were allowed to race there.
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