The way the Tesla Roadster delivers its performance runs contrary to a conventionally powered sports car. Mechanical sympathy would normally prevent us from pushing a car hard from cold, yet this is exactly what the Tesla demands, delivering optimum performance with a cold motor but warm batteries. Which means hitting the throttle immediately after a full recharge.
Then there’s the way the motor delivers its power and torque. The Tesla produces its full torque the instant it starts spinning. It does not have a completely flat torque curve; torque stays constant until 6000rpm, nearly halfway through the rev range, before starting to fall away linearly. The power, by comparison, builds gradually to an 8000rpm peak before tailing off.
The effect of all the Tesla's instant torque is off-line acceleration that’s exhilarating, but strangely undramatic.
Release the brake and the Tesla creeps forward like a conventional automatic, but hold its brakes while building some driveline tension and when you release the brakes the Tesla simply goes. Even on a damp surface with the traction control disabled it wouldn’t break traction. The nature of the drivetrain means power is introduced so smoothly that there is no jolt to unstick the tyres.