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1 In 3 Of The World’s Best Cars Are Now Electric

Select Car Leasing have created a virtual drag race over a ¼ mile and a 0-60 mph sprint between the 30 fastest cars on the planet to see if electric car performance really can rival petrol.

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It’s hard to ignore the staggering rise of the electric car, now the largest singular growth area in the UK car market and one of the best ways to measure how competitive electric cars are becoming against petrol cars, is speed.

Select Car Leasing have created a virtual drag race over a ¼ mile and a 0-60 mph sprint between the 30 fastest cars on the planet to see if electric car performance really can rival petrol.

When modern, highway capable electric cars began to rise in popularity in the early 00’s, they had a reputation for being slow and boring to drive. With the rise of Tesla and the push towards electric cars as a more sustainable and environmentally friendly means of transportation, the performance of street-legal electric cars has made tremendous strides in recent years.

With high-performance battery powered arrivals from Aston Martin, BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Porsche on the way in 2020 and 2021 they market looks set to tip the balance further in favour of the electric car. It’s also no secret that this is where innovation in motoring is firmly set. Could be the case that we may have already seen the peak of petrol cars with the likes of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Ariel Atom 500?

Select Car Leasing’s research finds that:

  • 9 of the 30 fastest cars in the world over a quarter mile are now all-electric or hybrids.
  • The two cars with the fastest 0 – 60 time are all-electric or hybrid.
  • Electric cars accelerate quicker than petrol cars but lack the top speed to win over a quarter mile.
  • Tesla produces five of the quickest 30 cars to reach 60 MPH, and they’re all-electric.
  • The myth that electric cars are slow and boring to drive is eroding by the year, beating the performance of traditional petrol cars.

The Fastest Cars over a ¼ mile are:

  1. Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – Petrol
  2. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – Petrol
  3. Faraday FF91 – All Electric
  4. Maclaren P1 – Hybrid Electric
  5. Porsche 918 Spyder – Hybrid Electric

Six of the 10 fastest cars over a quarter mile are now either all-electric or hybrids. Try as they might Electric cars are still unable to clinch the top two spots – with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Bugatti Veyron Super Sport completing a quarter mile in 9.65 and 9.7 seconds respectively to take these coveted positions.

A total of 9 all-electric or hybrid cars make the “fastest 30” list – a hugely impressive feat considering the relatively short history of the mainstream electric car, in comparison to its petrol counterparts.

The Fastest Cars to 60mph are:

  1. Porsche 918 Spyder – Hybrid Electric
  2. Tesla Model S P100D – All Electric
  3. Dodge Challenger SRTDemon – Petrol
  4. Ariel Atom 500 (V8) – Petrol
  5. Lamborghini Huracan Performante- Petrol

Even though petrol still holds the crown in a quarter mile race, it’s an entirely different story in a 0-60 sprint. Electric and Hybrid power to victory in this regard. with the two top performing cars, the Porsche 918 Spyder and Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous topping the list. In total, 7 all-electric cars appear in the top 30 to 60 MPH list, along with 3 hybrids. The signs look great for the future for alternative fuel, as well- with high-power electric offerings from Aston Martin, Tesla, Audi and BMW all in the pipeline.

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