Tesla Model S has the quickest acceleration of any production car in the world
Additionally the footage also shows that the Tesla Model S electric car is the new chase car for the U-2. USAF previously used the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 for this task.
Noteworthy since Lockheed’s U-2S spy planes are famously difficult to launch and land because of their extremely poor field of vision, a chase car that can keep up with them is required on the ground.
According to an article appeared on Jalopnik 4 years ago (when USAF was still using Camaro), the process is pretty simple: “the Air Force buys fast and relatively inexpensive Detroit muscle [cars] and puts a highly trained pilot in the driver’s seat. Those pilots then act as ground-based wingmen for the U-2s in the air, talking them through runway operations.”
Now, as reported by Electrek, electric cars are not a bad match for the job since the task requires quick acceleration and cars only have to go fast for short periods of time.
The U-2 chase car in fact must feature a top speed of 140 mph and the Tesla Model S not only can reach 155 mph (250 km/h), but also has the quickest acceleration of any production car in the world.