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Approach / Departure angles

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Boatguy, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. Boatguy

    Boatguy Member

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    I'm remodeling my house. Does anyone know the approach and departure angles for the Model S. Ideally in both the lowered and raised suspension positions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Boatguy

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    Here was the reply from Tesla:

    This is an approximation, I did hand measurements that are subject to error. There are several curves in the underbody of the Model S , the approach angles are assuming that the hypotenuse is perfectly straight when in reality there are bends and ridges in the front and rear underbody panels.

    Approximate length from tip of front bumper to front wheel: 33 inches
    Approximate length from tip of rear bumper to rear wheel: 36 inches

    Low air suspension height: 5.2 inches
    Standard air suspension height: 6 inches
    High air suspension height: 6.9 inches
    Very high air suspension height: 7.3 inches

    Standard approach angle: ~10.4 degrees
    Standard departure angle: ~9.5 degrees
     
  3. Pate

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    Interesting info, thanks for posting and welcome to the forum!
     
  4. Chas F

    Chas F Model S 60kWh #P6396

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    Just curious: why are these angles important?
     
  5. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    If you design your driveway with the correct angles, you won't scrape the car every time you forget to set to very high when going in and out.
     
  6. caddieo

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    Thanks. You just stopped me from asking the same question.
     

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