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Ludicrous speed! Really?

Ludicrous speed! How funny is that? Tesla has a car with a speed mode of Ludicrous in which it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (about 96 kph) in 2.8 seconds! That is rather ludicrous! Who needs that kind of acceleration? No one but it's still funny as hell, that is if you think Mel Brooks is funny (see link provided above), at least in isolated moments. So now you have a ludicrously expensive electric car that is one of the top 10 fastest accelerating production cars. It ties for 10th with a Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670–4 Super Veloce, which is also a tad pricy and a very impractical vehicle. The now fastest accelerating production car is a Porsche 918 Spyder (2.2 sec vertified, 0 to 60). Wonder how far down the list TPP's VW van would be with its whopping, stomping 1.9 L fuel injected engine? Well, compared to the old 1.3 L carbureted vans, it was fast. Mine would actually go 60 mph, but not that much more!  The point of this is probably to convince people, very rich people, that electric cars are not big blocky heavy black batteries on wheels, but for those of us who think of vehicles as more like toasters where you want them to be economical, reliable, and make good toast, this is no big deal, but let's give Tesla a couple of points in the humorous marketing category.  

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