The Tesla Model S in P100D guise has been claimed to be the quickest accelerating production car currently on sale, with its 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 2.5 seconds – back in August. Now, the P100D appears to have gone one better yet again, this time in the hands of Motor Trend, who managed to attain a 0-96 km/h acceleration time of 2.28 seconds on a drag strip.

The website does state, though, that the P100D does not hold its top spot for a long duration, as higher speeds hand the accelerative advantage to horsepower over instant torque, as offered by the Tesla’s electric motors. The Ferrari LaFerrari attains 70 mph (112 km/h) ahead of the P100D, while the other two of the famed hypercar trio, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1, beat the P100D to 80 mph (128 km/h).

A detailed sequence is required to ensure that the P100D is optimally set up for the best possible acceleration run. Firstly, the latest firmware is required – v8.0 release 2.52.22, then in the Acceleration section under the Settings menu, the “Ludicrous” button is to be held for five seconds.

It will then prompt the user, asking “are you sure?”, and an affirmative response will condition the battery and motor with slightly raised temperature for the former, and air-conditioned cooling for the latter. Once launch control is initiated and the throttle pedal is depressed, the P100D will be on its (very hurried) way.

By Motor Trend‘s figures, the P100D in Ludicrous mode attains 48 km/h in 0.87 seconds, followed by the Porsche 911 Turbo S with 0.92 seconds and the Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV with 0.99 seconds. In the classic American quarter-mile standard, the P100D crosses the line after 10.5 seconds, as does the aforementioned Porsche, though by then the Turbo S is going 10.9 km/h faster than the Tesla’s 200 km/h.