Anyone else bored with Tesla drivers 'racing' them?

Anyone else bored with Tesla drivers 'racing' them?

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Grant1979

Original Poster:

3 posts

3 months

Monday 7th June
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Hi folks,

Wondered if this was just happening to me of late or anyone else... Yes we know Tesla's are quick off the mark, exceptionally so, but they lack character and need plugging in-they also don't possess a wonderful flat six sound track and instead have more in common with my fridge freezer.
Back to my point, does anyone else have their driver's continually 'proving a point' off lights etc? Clearly everything comes back into its own when the road has a bend or two in it and there's not a load of power station-charged battery to lug around but it's fast becoming boring and tedious. Rant over but would be interested in hearing if anyone else has had similar experiences? Cheers.

Gary C

8,183 posts

147 months

Monday 7th June
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Never

Mostly they are conserving charge so taking it easy wink

sevensfun

730 posts

4 months

Monday 7th June
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Grant1979 said:
Hi folks,

Wondered if this was just happening to me of late or anyone else... Yes we know Tesla's are quick off the mark, exceptionally so, but they lack character and need plugging in-they also don't possess a wonderful flat six sound track and instead have more in common with my fridge freezer.
Back to my point, does anyone else have their driver's continually 'proving a point' off lights etc? Clearly everything comes back into its own when the road has a bend or two in it and there's not a load of power station-charged battery to lug around but it's fast becoming boring and tedious. Rant over but would be interested in hearing if anyone else has had similar experiences? Cheers.
Bless

Schmed

2,531 posts

40 months

Monday 7th June
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Gary C said:
Never

Mostly they are conserving charge so taking it easy wink
^ this...

Dashnine

472 posts

18 months

Monday 7th June
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Only experience I had with a Tesla exercising it’s acceleration capability was off the A45 to join the A46 at Whitley, Coventry. I was in the left lane which filters off becoming 2 lanes and I was leaving a reasonable gap to the car in front and, my point of irritation nothing whatsoever behind me apart from a rapidly closing Tesla.

Mr Tesla overtakes me and pulls in front of me, meaning I’d have to brake to reestablish the gap to the Tesla. I pull out and as I come alongside him, he floors it using his prodigious acceleration, closing the gap to the car in front preventing me doing to him what he did to me. Which wasn’t my intention as I continue, now in the right hand lane of the filter to the roundabout at the bottom and continue on my way.

What a knob, couldn’t just join behind me, had to pass me, chop in and cut me up.

tracer.smart

550 posts

179 months

Monday 7th June
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Most modern cars have lots of performance. In my locale the traffic lights are a scramble between Mercs, Audis and Tesla fanboys. Back in the day the yoof were driving around in Novas and Renault 5 turbos. Cheap finance changed all that - more premium, performance cars on the road accessible to practically anyone prepared to live on credit.

Best leave ‘em to it and enjoy your own choice of motor.

CloudStuff

2,723 posts

72 months

Monday 7th June
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It is a thing - but I tend to think, bless.

Charlie_1

178 posts

60 months

Monday 7th June
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Umm I bought what I wanted , it does what I wanted it to , not bothered about other peoples cars so this has never crossed my mind

Castrol for a knave

2,207 posts

59 months

Monday 7th June
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Done it once.

There is something quite pleasant leaving a pair of neds in an S3, with only a faint hum and the Today programme as soundtrack.

PaulD86

1,283 posts

94 months

Tuesday 8th June
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I can't say I've had that problem. I have a bright green Porsche which isn't subtle and getting into races in town is just asking for trouble. So by and large I drive it slower round town than my Mondeo. Out of town on a good B road is where I open it up and I'nm yet to come across many Teslas in that environment. I passed one in a line of cars recently but they must have been happy sat at 50 as they had plenty opportunity to overtake and didn't. Fair enough.

My Impreza was a pain for people wanting to race though. I didn't take people on as I value my licence and never felt I'd anything to prove, but Corsa VXRs revving beside you at traffic lights was tedious.

abzmike

4,107 posts

74 months

Tuesday 8th June
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It takes two to tango.
If it upsets you getting beaten by a washing machine at the lights, look the other way wink

jonny996

2,336 posts

185 months

Tuesday 8th June
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they are as enjoyable to drive as switching on the dishwasher

Andyoz

1,990 posts

22 months

Tuesday 8th June
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YES...YES... YES.

They don't seem to realise there's dragging and then there's actual 'driving'

anonymous-user

22 months

Tuesday 8th June
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The back of any modern sports car is fitted with a very powerful, although invisible, magnet. It attracts,
Vans and pick-ups
Motorcycles
Cars painted black, especially with black wheels
SUVs with chrome and tints
Anything with an AMG badge
Teslas




Leftfootwonder

1,088 posts

26 months

Tuesday 8th June
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tracer.smart said:
Most modern cars have lots of performance. In my locale the traffic lights are a scramble between Mercs, Audis and Tesla fanboys. Back in the day the yoof were driving around in Novas and Renault 5 turbos. Cheap finance changed all that - more premium, performance cars on the road accessible to practically anyone prepared to live on credit.

Best leave ‘em to it and enjoy your own choice of motor.
This. Not just Tesla's, but 1 or 3 series BM's, AMG-look-a-like A Classes, any Audi. They all do it. I just let them pass as I can't be bothered with it.

Usually the Tesla lot are racing down the slip roads them sit at 60 once they've seen their range disappear.

CheesecakeRunner

1,260 posts

59 months

Tuesday 8th June
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I have a Tesla. I nail it off traffic lights where safe to do so.

I really don't care who is alongside me, I'm not having a race with people who don't know they're in a race. I do it because it's fun.

It's also huge fun in the twisties as well.

WCZ

8,685 posts

162 months

Tuesday 8th June
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it won't be long before everyone is basically comparing battery capacities at traffic lights, things will get carried away between manufactuerers super quickly as they push bigger power figures into their electric cars imo and a golf gti will have a mode for 500hp of electric power

CloudStuff

2,723 posts

72 months

Tuesday 8th June
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CheesecakeRunner said:
I have a Tesla. I nail it off traffic lights where safe to do so.

I really don't care who is alongside me, I'm not having a race with people who don't know they're in a race. I do it because it's fun.

It's also huge fun in the twisties as well.

sevensfun

730 posts

4 months

Tuesday 8th June
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CheesecakeRunner said:
I have a Tesla. I nail it off traffic lights where safe to do so.

I really don't care who is alongside me, I'm not having a race with people who don't know they're in a race. I do it because it's fun.

It's also huge fun in the twisties as well.
Sounds good too? hehe

Zetec-S

4,173 posts

61 months

Tuesday 8th June
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WCZ said:
it won't be long before everyone is basically comparing battery capacities at traffic lights, things will get carried away between manufactuerers super quickly as they push bigger power figures into their electric cars imo and a golf gti will have a mode for 500hp of electric power
No different to ICE vehicles really. 30 years ago you'd be hard pushed to imagine a Golf with 300bhp+, now everyone* has something equivalent.

I think the "danger" will be when EV's become so commonplace that your average family car has huge amounts of torque on standby. At the moment if I catch up with someone plodding along at 40-50mph in a NSL I know my Focus ST has enough grunt to get quickly past, even if they're the sort of throbbing Road Captain who will try to speed up and prevent the overtake. In a few years time I might still have the power to get past but would end up at much higher speeds to do it.

* ok, maybe not quite everyone, but it's not exactly unusual