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Model S on Ice

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by colinb, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. colinb

    colinb Member

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    I did a winter driving course recently and they took some video of me sliding around the ice on the Model S for a Canadian auto site, wheels.ca. Video was just posted here:

    VIDEO: Tesla Model S on ice

    It was fun to experience RWD on ice and get some practice in on recovering traction given that I had to write-off my 2002 Jetta TDI to slippery conditions. One of the more valuable tips they burn into your head is to focus on finding an escape route rather than the danger ahead (trust your peripheral vision to do that). The course paid off last week when I had to a driver crossing two lanes of traffic at the last possible minute to make an exit and I had to find an escape route to avoid having my Model S becoming part of a multi-car collision.
     
  2. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    Well done Colin! You're a natural.
     
  3. Bearman

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    Yes, thanks Colin, nice video and interesting to listen to your experiences and explanations.
     
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    Great video. That host is one Canadian sounding dude.
     
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    No mention of the tires used?!
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  6. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Colin, great video. You should quit your day-job and become Tesla's Canadian spokesman!
     
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    Nice posting!
     
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    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Great video, Colin. A few years ago, I had a loss of traction accident when my ICE downshifted going down a hill and the rear wheels broke free. This has been my concern with the regenerative braking (especially being on the "gas" pedal). I was glad to see that was explored and discussed during your session.
     
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    The page does not render properly on my iPhone. Anybody has a direct video link?
     
  10. colinb

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    They were the 19" Pirelli set that Tesla offers.

    Thanks! :) I am giving test drives to clients all the time so I'm developing a bit of a pitch.
     
  11. teslasguy

    teslasguy MSP P#1117

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    Great video Colin. I would send a copy to Tesla. It should be a great learning and marketing tool for them.
     
  12. Raffy.Roma

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    When AWD will be available on Model S the car will behave even better in ice.
     
  13. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    I tried out my Z-chains this morning, briefly. Turned out that other than my driveway the roads were pretty free of ice and my teeth were rattling and it sounded like the chains were banging on the inside of my passenger side wheel well, so I took them off again after half a mile. Easy enough to get them on actually, taking them off was more difficult.
     
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    First, can we have a moment of silence for those poor abused pilons?

    Super video!
     
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    nice video, very good. thanks for posting.
     

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