Old VW Converted to Electric Beats a Tesla On the Track

VW vs Tesla

In brief: In the race of a lifetime, a souped up, electric Volkswagen Beatle, known as the Black Current III, was pitted against a Tesla Roadster on the track and won handily.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Black Current III, Roadster
Manufacturer: VW / Tesla

The word

Black Current III vs. Tesla Roadster

The Black Current III is the third rendition of a speed demon VW electric conversion built by two brothers. The VW spanked the Tesla in a 1/4 mile run by 1.5 seconds.

This is largely due to the BCIII's 0-60 time of about 3 seconds (vs. the Roadster's 3.9) and it's terminal velocity in that 1/4 mile of 114mph.

The Black Current III sports 60 Odyssey PC680 batteries and two 9-inch Impulse motors positioned under the floorboards.

Here's video of the race:

And so ...

For the record, the race was not official and no information on who was driving what and how the driver's warmed up was given. But by specs alone, the BCIII should have won anyway.

Photo credits: Black Current III

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