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Cornering lights (video & pictures)

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by brianman, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    #1 brianman, Aug 4, 2013
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    I think these are the cornering lights. I don't think we've posted a video with them yet, so here goes. For those wondering, the clicking is something rattling around in my car (like a roll of mints); I wasn't planning on a curvy road adventure (pleasant surprise!).


    26 seconds into the video, or 21:20:42 if you're following the clock in the video itself

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  2. brianman

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    Random anecdote:

    Relayed to me be my instructor from the track worker at point (and later asked directly by him), "When you're coming out of turn 12, I noticed a light on your right side come on. Is that a turn signal or some-such? I've never seen it before."

    It took me a minute for it to click, and respond:
    "It's the cornering lights."
    "We've only see it on the right side of your car."
    "The track goes clockwise. And I guess the left turns don't trigger it near turn stations as clearly as for turn 12."
     
  3. scaesare

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    Hehe... that's rather funny.

    Upside: the left side will never burn out.
     
  4. Gizmotoy

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    The cornering lights do come on with great frequency. They're actually pretty useful. My first big drive with the vehicle was a dark, curvy back road near the factory and the lights were very helpful.

    Also, I found updating your 2 year old thread with a new anecdote hilarious. "Why is brianman posting a video of the cornering lights. Surely someone else has posted pictures/video of the cornering lights by now... oh."
     
  5. brianman

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    I found it amusing that when I search for "cornering lights" apparently it's one of the features least talked about on TMC. :)
     
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    Truly, unsung heroes, I guess. :biggrin:
     
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    they should run the track in reverse for both your tires and cornering lights
     
  8. brianman

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    Heh.
     
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    I've never noticed anything discernible with respect to the cornering lights. Seems like a waste IMHO.
     
  10. DavidB

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    I think that some of the best features are the ones that assist you so subtly that you don't notice. If you only drive in areas with a lot of ambient light, the cornering lights aren't very noticeable. However, even if you don't notice the cornering lights, they sure do help when you drive on a dark windy road!
     
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    I was coming to write how both cornering lights turn on constantly in reverse, but I like your version better! :)

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    Exactly! When I visited family in a rural area without ambient light, the cornering lights were amazing!
     
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    Where I live, small animals and dark sides of the road are not uncommon. Cornering lights are appreciated...
     
  13. Zybane

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    Headlights that actually turn would be about 1,489,110 times better than a little corner light that illuminates about five feet.
     

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