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Model S external design finalized!

Discussion in 'Model S' started by PopSmith, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. PopSmith

    PopSmith Saving for a Model 3

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    According to the latest emailed newsletter the Model S exterior design has been finalized and validated in a wind tunnel. :biggrin:

    Here's the excerpt from the email:

     
  2. Fr23shjive

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    Does this mean that the cars that they've been showing off is not the final design?
     
  3. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

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    The cars they showed off very preliminary prototypes. I think it is to be expected they will make some tweaks before production (aerodynamics, making sure the parts can be mass produced). However, I remember there was a promise that the final exterior design will stay very true to the original prototypes.
     
  4. Todd Burch

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    If you watch the video, you can see that the final
    exterior design is very close to the driveable prototype.

    The interior, however, will be quite a bit different from the prototype (definitely roomier, probably nicer).
     
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    #5 tdelta1000, Oct 1, 2010
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    Yes... because of the word "prototype" because TM has to meet Federal standards and manufacturing principles to bring the Model S to market. One example of changes would be lowering or the addition a front air dam to reduce or eliminate aerodynamic lift. Another example of change in the interior would be the addition of rear seat headrests because federal law requires it.
     
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    Just as long as it's not a migration from mostly cool to disappointing (the Volt) :biggrin::wink:
     
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    #7 tdelta1000, Oct 1, 2010
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    I totally agree.
     
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    No way that would happen. The Volt prototpye was just something they had sitting around that they slapped a plug on. When the put it in a wind tunnel they said it would do better backwards.
     
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    While watching the HD version of the Tesla Investors video a wire frame of the front of the car was shown which seemed to have a cut out of the lower sides of the bumper. This same cut out also seems to appear to exist on a shot of a clay model as well. Wonder if they have applied some tweaks to the front to better align with the 2.5 roadster fascia changes?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Good observation:

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    This shape in more vertical
     
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    #11 TEG, Dec 22, 2010
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    That looks rather different to me.
    The Roadster 2.5 has "vents" on the side that seem to allow some of the air going into the "snout" to exit to the sides.

    The wireframe of the 'S' looks more like slots to put in fog lights, or perhaps air intakes rather than vents.
    They don't even seem to look that similar between the two vehicles. I bet it is more of a function than form thing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3Jqu-Gsq0zk#t=91s
     
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    #12 tdelta1000, Dec 22, 2010
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    It looks like an air duct or even a fog light housing.

    I was able to confirm it with this link below. Just go to the 1:31 on the clip and you will see the answer.

    Confirmation on the final design.
     
  13. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    btw, you can embed vimeo vids (and some others) by using the [video] tags or the movie shortcut button.

    [video=vimeo;13552112]http://vimeo.com/13552112[/video]
     
  14. PopSmith

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    Click the picture to see a 1440x900-sized version.

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    #15 TEG, Dec 23, 2010
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    That does change the character of the front a bit, doesn't it?
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    I hope we do get to see the Alpha build soon. If they go too far with a giant black face ala last gen Mazda then I'll have to reevaluate my reservation. I also don't want to see the haunches tuned down too much.

    If we can get a confirmation that it will be in Detroit then that's an easy day trip.
     
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    What happened to Elon's face!!?
     

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