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Model S Nose Cone Designs (Prototype, Alpha, Beta and beyond)

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by TEG, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. TEG

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    #1 TEG, Mar 27, 2009
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    Foam mock up:
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    Dark Gray "Aero buck" or "Mule" (?):
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    White non drivable "roller" with no drivetrain. ("Exterior Design Model"):
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    Completed silver "early" drivable prototype.
    (Seems to be based on a Mercedes chassis with fiberglass body panels and a Roadster motor):
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  2. mt2

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    Ah, yes. That would explain the screen door grill.
     
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    I think the car overall looks exactly like the Jag XF but that's okay :smile:
    I was hoping to buy a leftover 2010 in 2011, now I will probably just get a Tesla S :biggrin:

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  4. TEG

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    #4 TEG, Jan 20, 2011
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    Well, the "nose" continues to be an item of interest, so perhaps it is time to resurrect this thread.

    Now that the "Alpha build" is out, here are some mock-ups and comments people have been making in other topics:
    (also mentioned here...)
     
  5. Kipernicus

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    I like the nose on the silver prototype best. Perhaps they had to move the bumper up to comply with EU pedestrian safety laws.
     
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    The CAD rendition:
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    From the Menlo Park Showroom:

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    Okay, I've been staring at it for a couple of days now, and I can't bring myself to liking the front end. I want to see the chrome and the badge back on the nose to dress it up a little. Get rid of the "whiskers" in the vents on either side.

    I admit, it looks sporty. But I want something that looks more mature and refined. The silver / maroon prototype had that.
     
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    Same here. I prefer the nose on the White non drivable "roller". IMO that nose gave it a certain level of character.
     
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    I think the screen door would look better in black.

     
  11. Todd Burch

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    On the plus side...it's easier to clean bugs off the solid nose!
     
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    #12 roblab, Jan 21, 2011
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    Little photoshop of old style grille onto new front. There is a hood line down from the top of the oval, so the T has to be down a bit. Also, the bumper used to be at the bottom of the oval, and is now across the middle, for regulatory reasons maybe. I would think it likely that TMC has plans for that black area. But here's my 2 cents again.

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    Thanks Rob, This is close to what I was thinking of mocking up. It makes the most sense with what Tesla has been doing on all the previous S versions and explains the plastic top piece withing the opening..



    The counter argument to this version is the badge that is on top of the hood of the Alpha and how it relates to the 2.5 Roadster hood emblem treatment.
     
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    At least it looks slightly better with @roblabs modification. Now Tesla please get rid of or at least downplay the roadscraping frontspoiler, it's a feature best suited to the taste of fifteen year old boys dreaming of their first car (didn't someone here mention Camaro?).
    First time in my life that I paid ahead for a car (still waiting for my production number...) and already have it ruined ... but it doesn't look hopeless yet.
     
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    I did the same mock up and then removed the "whiskers" in the front vents. It really cleaned up the front. I agree with Ipe who commented about the spoiler being "best suited to the taste of fifteen year old boys", but also figure it must be important to the aerodynamics or it wouldn't be there.

    All in all, I think they are targeting the wrong demographic. It's a $50,000+ sedan that seats 5+2, for crying out loud. It's not a Trans Am. You can't even gun the engine at a red light if you tried!
     
  16. Nik

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    That all looks a little bit Vauxhall/Opel to European eyes. Not a good comparison to be creating.
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    Well, since the grill is superfluous (at least the top half of it), it would probably be better to remove it completely and design a new front. The wish to stick to the prototype look has resulted in something that is supposed to resemble a grill but is obviously fake. And fake is not something you want in a quality product.
     
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    Can't say I disgree but we don't have those here in the US. I had never seen this before.
     
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    #19 roblab, Jan 22, 2011
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    I wasn't as impressed with the little Vauxhall (owned by GM for the last 85 years), but it at least has a "V" in front. This one looks more sporty. And we do have a few in the US, but they are very common in UK. I wouldn't confuse it with the Tesla!

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    #20 TEG, Jan 22, 2011
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    Coincidentally, that uses a Lotus chassis with some similarity to the Roadster's.
     

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