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Did I see one?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Frank Schwab, Oct 28, 2016.

  1. Frank Schwab

    Frank Schwab Member

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    Man I hate to say anything 'cause I've got no pictures.

    While driving into work this morning in Phoenix I saw a glossy black Tesla getting off the freeway three lanes over...

    It wasn't an S, because it was too tall for it's width to be an S. It had more of the shape of an X in that regard, but seemed narrower and smaller when compared with the cars around it. I tried to look for door handle shapes, but all I could see were the roofs of the cars between me and it. It wasn't the black 3 from the reveal unless they've repainted it in gloss (or stripped the matte wrap).

    I only got about 4 seconds of viewing time, but it gave me a shot of adrenaline. I know it's likely that I misidentified an X, but it was still a bit of excitement in my otherwise drab existence...
     
  2. jgillispie

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    I'd have a hard time believing you'd see one anywhere but near Palo Alto or the Gigafactory at this point. Could have been a modified X?
     
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    Faraday Future?

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    Well, with no pictures, only you know what you saw. That said, I would be fairly confident what you saw was an X. You wouldn't be the first to confuse the two.
     
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    When I first saw the X in-person, it was much shorter than I had expected it to be. I'd say with 99.99% confidence that you saw an X.
     
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    At one time they stated that the Model 3 betas that will be on the road will be cleverly disguised in a Model S shell. So more than likely we won't see them.
     
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    Or you will see them...but think it's just an S and not a 3. :cool:
     
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  9. WileyTheMan

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    Indeed. And being that you can't drive five miles in the Bay Area without seeing a Tesla, this likelihood is almost assured.
     
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    Interesting, I hadn't heard that one yet.
     
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    Tesla cars are fascinating in that they're huge, but appear smaller. Not sure what geometric eyeball tricks are afoot, but it's probably got something to do with all the smooth, sloping, bulbous lines. Makes a giant package look compact.

    So yeah, you probably saw an X.
     
  12. habanero69

    habanero69 I Dont Need Cialis. I Drive an EV.

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    Man, I sure hope that color package is available upon rollout. Looks like some new fangled type of carbon fiber. :eek: SWEET... ;)
     
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  13. Frank Schwab

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    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it probably wasn't a 3, but I'm still jazzed about the thought...

    I see half a dozen Tesla's every morning and evening during my commute (as they're whizzing by me in the HOV lane), so I'm fairly familiar with the rear contours (about all I got to see), but this one was...different.

    I've wondered about the "disguised as a model S" thing; just think of everything you'd have to change - you'd have to increase the track and wheelbase of the 3 to use the sheetmetal off the S, otherwise the wheels would be in the wrong place and be an obvious giveaway. Depending on how you did this it would either completely change the handling or require a new skateboard - both of which would reduce the information you'd gather from the on-road testing that you're doing. Assuming that the skateboard stays the same, you'd have to use modified sheetmetal with an S profile - but there's really not that much difference in profile between the two cars other than size, so the modified sheetmetal would look an awful lot like the Model 3 sheetmetal. And having different sheetmetal would eliminate a lot of the rattle and squeak information that you'd get from on-the-road testing.

    I think that "disguised as a model S" is going to turn out to mean Model 3's with Model S badging. I think there's going to be a lot of "disguised as a model S" testing going on using the model 3 drivetrain and batteries installed in a real S body and modified S skateboard so that you'd never know (and those kinds of mules were probably driving around Phoenix this summer for testing, and will be driving around Tahoe this winter). But I think that, shortly, "disguised" cars with Model 3 skateboards and Model 3 wheels and Model 3 sheetmetal and Model 3 glass and Model 3 interior are going to be driving around, but they're going to say "Model S 75" on the butt. In a picture taken on the freeway with no size references, it's going to be hard to tell them from an S, other than the fanatics here who'll point out the shape of the door handles, or the width of the sheetmetal between the front tire and the door jamb, to differentiate them.
     
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    My coworker who has family up near the Fremont plant said he has seen several 3's out and about including a white one, which would not be one of the prototypes from the reveal. I instructed him to GET PHOTOS next time he is up there. :rolleyes:

    He says the flat nose looks better in person than it does in photos
     
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    The X looks deceptively small when it's on the road. The first time I saw one in the wild, it was behind me. in my rearview I actually thought it was some new kind of Prius, until it got closer.
     
  16. habanero69

    habanero69 I Dont Need Cialis. I Drive an EV.

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    I can't see Tesla wasting time/$ on trying to hide the 3 or make it fit inside an S frame. That makes no sense except for electronics maybe, and why do that? That can be done in a S or X. They need to put miles on the actual frame/body to see how it handles/performs, what may prematurely fail/wear out, squeaks/rattles, and on and on. You can't do any of that putting the guts of a 3 inside another frame. They have many 3's probably on the road or on test tracks away from prying eyes. It is too late in the game to be playing hide and peek...:confused:
     
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    A valid point. What I heard might have been gossip here, I don't know.

    That said, I think there is value in a disguise for a highly anticipated car so as not to attract unwanted attention while the driver clearly wants to remain anonymous in order to perform their testing in a "normal" situation. So maybe it won't look exactly like a Model S, but it may be enough that all but the most enthusiastic fanbois wouldn't give it a second glance.
     
  18. habanero69

    habanero69 I Dont Need Cialis. I Drive an EV.

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    I think many auto manufacturers do disguises early on especially before the car has been publicly unveiled. Since the 3 has had a public unveiling, I doubt they are doing anything to hide. Slapping on some weird body panels is always a possibility, but unless they cover the nose, just about any Tesla aware person would know.
     
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    Probably & probably not but either way, we believe that you saw one!
     
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    You are right that there is no reason to put the hole of the Model 3 inside a Model S, but it is reasonable to test some subsystems "hidden" in a Model S. Like the motors, inverters and battery. Or as you say some of the electronic/displays and so on. But not when they want to test out a complete Model 3 frame and/or bodyworks/interior.
     

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