Tesla Model S drag races a Qantas Boeing 737


Plane versus car… pilot versus driver. Qantas Australia and Tesla Motors have produced a new video which they say celebrates innovation and sustainability. Any excuse for an epic plane vs car drag race, right?


In the left lane we’ve got Boeing’s huge 737 commercial jet. Originally introduced in 1968, the Boeing 737 has a wingspan of 34-metres and weighs in at around 36,000kg when empty. It is powered by a pair of huge CFM International CFM56-7 turbine engines, which together can produce 50,000 pounds of thrust. Once airborne, they ‘re able to help the 737 maintain a cruising speed of 850km/h (528mph) without even raising a sweat.

In the right lane, there’s the Tesla Model S – fully equipped with the Ludicrous speed upgrade. It might only have a top speed of 250km/h (155mph), but it’ll do the quarter mile in just 10.9 seconds.

So who won?

Well, it is a little hard to tell from the video, but it looks like it was a fairly close finish.

Based in Brisbane, Australia, Sean has loved cars his entire life. At 21 he launched the popular 80’s Falcon forum xFalcon.com, then at 24 created TopGearbox.com, one of the most popular Top Gear fansites in the world.