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Is Elon being very conservative with TRI-motor 0-60 times? Is 2.5 possible?

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If we look at the Tesla Model X for comparison, it weighs about 5500 LBS and the Dual Motor Ludicrous version does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds.

The CT will probably be the same or certainly a bit heavier....but also have TRI motor Plaid "Alien Technology" built into it. Aerodynamically, the CT can't be that much worse, can it?

I'm thinking the CT will get down to the 2.6, 2.5 or even potentially the 2.4 range after some OTA updates a bit after launch.

Anyone else agree? Or maybe the big tires slow it down too much?
 

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When it comes to 0 - 60 drag doesn't have a whole lot to do with it. Most of the energy from the motor goes into increasing m*v^2.

I usually assume that the CT will weigh 2700 kg. Sixty mph is 26.82 m/sec so accelerating to 60 in 2.9 seconds implies a = 9.25 m/sec/sec (an impressive 0.94 g!) and thrust of f = m*a = 24972 N. Assuming acceleration is uniform over the 2.9 sec the power required to go from 59.99999999 mph to 60 is m*a*v = 669.824 kW ( 897 HP). Drop the time from 2.9 to 2.4 and clearly both thrust and peak power would have to be 2.9/2.4 times as great, that is 30.1 kN on the thrust, 809 kW on the power and 1084 on the HP. That last number gives me pause but then it is based on a weight assumption. If Tesla can get the weight down to (2.4/2.9)*2700 = 2234 kg (4916 lbs) then yes, a time of 2.4 sec. is possible. I won't be holding my breath.
 

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The Model X weighs 5,531 lbs (2,508Kg). I'll bet the CT weighs quite a bit more than that. But, if one of the assumptions is that the CT weighs the same as the MX, bear in mind the performance MX does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds with its two motors. It's odd to think the Tri-Motor CT weighing the same would be slower 0-60 with 50% more motors. Unless, the MX also has three motors. I mean, I checked Tesla's site and it says the MX has dual motors though I thought it had three. Anyway, it's a moot point because I suspect the CT will weigh closer to 3,100 Kg in production form.

It'd be a kick in the pants to be faster than most cars on the road though.
 

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The third motor in the CT is not there for speed. It is there for torque so that you can get a towing load 3 (?) times larger than what the X can handle up to speed in reasonable time. That extra torque happens to confer more speed when not towing but they didn't put it in there for that.
 

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The Model X weighs 5,531 lbs (2,508Kg). I'll bet the CT weighs quite a bit more than that. But, if one of the assumptions is that the CT weighs the same as the MX, bear in mind the performance MX does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds with its two motors. It's odd to think the Tri-Motor CT weighing the same would be slower 0-60 with 50% more motors. Unless, the MX also has three motors. I mean, I checked Tesla's site and it says the MX has dual motors though I thought it had three. Anyway, it's a moot point because I suspect the CT will weigh closer to 3,100 Kg in production form.

It'd be a kick in the pants to be faster than most cars on the road though.
Yeah the inverter in the back looks a lot like another motor.
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The model 3 and Y are more integrated into the drive unit now.
 

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Yeah the inverter in the back looks a lot like another motor.
1592330147525.png

The model 3 and Y are more integrated into the drive unit now.
So, if the MX does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds, and if the CT weighs the same, why wouldn't it be faster 0-60 if it had an additional motor?

And thanks for the picture. I couldn't find anything other than "Model X has dual motors" on the Tesla site.
 

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At best the 3 motor will be around 2.9 second 0-60, however they may have a Plaid model, that may get you down to the 2.4 or 2.5 second area. Can't imagine what that upgrade would cost.
 

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At best the 3 motor will be around 2.9 second 0-60, however they may have a Plaid model, that may get you down to the 2.4 or 2.5 second area. Can't imagine what that upgrade would cost.
Why do you say "at best" the 3 motor will be around 2.9 seconds? The MX is 2.6 seconds with only 2 motors...
 

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Why do you say "at best" the 3 motor will be around 2.9 seconds? The MX is 2.6 seconds with only 2 motors...
Your logic makes sense to me TyPope. Given the same weight and potentially bigger battery i would imagine the tri-motor set up would be quicker. However maybe we are forgetting that just because there are 3 motors, that wouldn't necessarily mean they have a greater output.

I think it is safe to say the Tri-Motor will reach a 2.9 0-60 time, maybe 2.7 if motortrend test it. Then Within a year or so Tesla will figure out how to make it quicker and put it into an update, or charge for it.
 

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Why do you say "at best" the 3 motor will be around 2.9 seconds? The MX is 2.6 seconds with only 2 motors...
I second that🤣 I think there are a few of us here getting the tri, who are hoping for a weeee bit more on a 0-60 time. Because it’s very possible for that to be tweaked still.
 

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I second that🤣 I think there are a few of us here getting the tri, who are hoping for a weeee bit more on a 0-60 time. Because it’s very possible for that to be tweaked still.
Right? I haven't tracked nor am I going to go look through the company history, but aside from delivery timeline, has Tesla ever NOT been able to meet Elon's claims?
 

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Right? I haven't tracked nor am I going to go look through the company history, but aside from delivery timeline, has Tesla ever NOT been able to meet Elon's claims?
Say no more. 🤣 Tesla has always achieved “met” Elon’s claims.
Elon is just a BEAST! I’m getting goosebumps just texting this🤣
 

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Right? I haven't tracked nor am I going to go look through the company history, but aside from delivery timeline, has Tesla ever NOT been able to meet Elon's claims?
The product usually is better at launch but late.
 

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I'm not a physicist but don't those massive wheels somewhat limit the acceleration. It's definitely going to be more work to spin those suckers than the wheels on other Tesla models.
Re: final 0-60, Tesla's pretty good at sticking to the numbers, if only by software limitations. Always fun to get a 5% performance boost a month or two after you've bought your vehicle.
 

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I'm not a physicist but don't those massive wheels somewhat limit the acceleration. It's definitely going to be more work to spin those suckers than the wheels on other Tesla models.
Re: final 0-60, Tesla's pretty good at sticking to the numbers, if only by software limitations. Always fun to get a 5% performance boost a month or two after you've bought your vehicle.
Me neither. Just a regular ol dad. But, with this tri-motor CT, I can be a super hero. 😂
I’m guessing 0-60 time is met by tri motor and also software and they know how much they can crank it up to meet those numbers. The xtra motor will Help assist is this endeavor. I’m sure it helps balance the workload.
 

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