We already knew the Tesla Model S was fast, but not this fast. After dropping a 12.371 quarter mile this past weekend at the Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida (@ 110.84 MPH), the National Electric Drag Racing Association awarded the Tesla Model S its stamp of officiation for being “the quickest production vehicle” in quarter mile tests. That’s not just on a single pass, mind you, but several quarter mile runs over the course of a day at the track. Each pass reaffirmed a 12-second average from the 416HP electric beast — more than proficient for a 4,700-lb hulk of metal, and more than competitive against much lighter and more expensive beasts. And that’s all without internal combustion, lest you forget — the thing even gets 350 miles per charge. Drag Times attended the event and promises video in the coming days, but for now you can peep the quarter mile timeslips and read their rundown.
[Photo credit: Drag Times]
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We’ve made it, people. All the hard work has paid off. Blood, sweat, and tears for one hundred episodes of daily news, delivered by the dashing staff of The Verge, and it’s brought us here. To syndication.
Just think about it for a minute. The Samsung vs. Apple case in reruns for the next ten years. The Huawei spy probe every night at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30. IKEA’s LED bulbs right between The King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond. These will be our golden years.
Of course, there will be compromises. Cable wants us to cut it down for length, so reruns will air under the title “83 Seconds on The Verge.” And because of a minor typo in the contract, episodes will run in reverse chronological order, skipping Fridays altogether. But the…
“Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it, very much like shadows — only hard and with luminous edges — and you will then have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen.”
Stories of the day:
- Obama’s ‘Four more years’ victory photo already the most retweeted and liked of all time
- Exclusive: Microsoft Office for iPhone, iPad, and Android revealed
- Nintendo details Wii U network ID system
We filmed 90 Seconds on The Verge while filming On The Verge, which is about as close to video Vergeception as we’re gonna get. That said, we have no time to think of something completely inane here for the description, so just consider yesterday’s “platform post” a two-for-one and we’ll go straight to the video.
Stories of the day:
- Election 2012: where do Obama, Romney, Johnson, and Stein stand on tech issues?
- Xbox Surface: Microsoft’s 7-inch gaming tablet
- Amazon takes on Netflix and Hulu Plus by testing $ 7.99 monthly Prime plan
Last year, I quit my job at AOL and Engadget to join a small internet publishing startup and help build what would become The Verge and Vox Media.
But then my aspirations grew into something more. Something special and spiritual in nature. Some would call it a higher power. Some might even call it a high. What was I saying? Man, I’m hungry.
My name is Ross Miller and I’m asking you to write me in as your next President of the United States of America.
Middle class? Gone. High class and low class, too. Or is it top and bottom classes? It doesn’t matter. Who likes classes? Not students, that’s for sure — or as I’d like to say, future Ross Miller voters. Which brings me to my point about eliminating school altogether… but that’s for…
This is a video showing the history of earth from big bang to current day, all in a minute and a half video. In real life it took almost 10,000 times that long though — maybe even 100,000. “You’re an idiot.” I have never passed a math class. The video was created using footage from a bunch of different movies and documentaries, and actually is worth a watch. I’m just not convinced it’s an accurate portrayal of earth. Like, is this the REAL history of the earth, or is this the history of the earth the government wants us to believe? QUESTION EVERYTHING. The CIA bugged my shampoo bottle so they can listen to me sing in the shower. ♫ I’m scrubbing my butt and it feels funny, and I know you’re listening Mr. Presideeent! ♫
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There’s been a rumor going around for some time. One that we here at 90 Seconds thought if we ignored, it would just go away. “Why,” we said to ourselves and no one else in particular, ” would anyone ever think this falls within the realm of reality?” Still, we now have thought aloud to ourselves and absolutely no one else in particular, it’s a persistent rumor. Still let’s adress it now.
News today swirled like hurricane Sandy, starting with announcements from Microsoft’s Build developers conference, new details surrounding Apple’s executive shakeup, and arguably today’s biggest bombshell: Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. But fret not, while you may have to wait until 2015 for Star Wars: Episode 7, 90 Seconds on The Verge starring Billy Disney is here for you today.Stories of the day:
- Microsoft sells four million Windows 8 upgrades in first few days
- Apple’s Scott Forstall’s fatal mistake was not signing iOS 6 Maps apology letter: sources
- Disney buys Lucasfilm, plans to release ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ in 2015
Windows 8. Gang of Eight. Eight-ball. Eighth Avenue. Eight Immortals. Big Eight Conference. Crazy Eights. “Eight Days a Week.” Section 8. Figure Eight.
Stories of the day:
- Surface launch at Times Square: at Microsoft, it’s hip to be square
- Microsoft SmartGlass app for Android released
- Apple complies with UK judgment, acknowledges that Samsung didn’t copy iPad design
Noted Rush fan extraordinaire (and expert photographer) Michael Shane wanted to write the description for today, but then remembered he had tickets to see Geddy Lee wailing at the Barclays Center. It’s a shame, really, but it’s just as well — he probably would’ve just pasted the lyrics to “Subdivisions” twice over, and clearly the “90 Seconds…” descriptions are not the place for random prose and poetry.
Stories of the day:
- Dish Network and Voom HD settle lawsuit, AMC programming to return as soon as tonight
- Skype for Windows 8 launches on October 26th (hands-on preview)
- Hulu Plus app now available for Windows 8, will come preloaded on select Acer, Sony tablets
- LG executive reportedly confirms Nexus 4 announcement for October…