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Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by AnOutsider, Nov 7, 2011.
Looks like roof rack mounts
Great pics - Thanks Doug.
Those 4 little "doors" on the roof look like anchor points for a roof-rack.
P.S. Why are the people wearing winter coats? It was 24C yesterday. :wink:
I doubt they are roof rack attachment points, because as I recall Tesla has been saying the Pano roof is not compatible with roof racks.
And yes, the weather has been beautiful...
Where? I don't remember hearing anything (in the positive or negative) about them.
Tesla had originally said that the standard roof should accommodate a roof rack. We all took this to mean that the pano-roof wouldn't. An update from the Tesla forum:
Curious... running the length of the roof? If the little doors I saw are the attachment points, then they're a lot smaller.
No question, there's a hundred different ways for roof-racks to attach to cars. But the post on the TM forum quotes a sales rep, so that at least suggests the option is there.
Interesting thing about the roof rack. I was at the Toronto event on both Saturday and Sunday, I even took a picture of an attachment point with the door open; I'll post it when I get home. Hans told me that the roof rack would only be compatible with the Pano roof and not the standard roof.
I was just going through the Model S Design Studio on the TM website and if the picture of the standard roof is indicative of production I can see how Hans' statement would be true. There aren't any running tracks to accommodate the bolt points.
Yes, they're roof rack attachment points. You'll find the same exact attachment points on Porsche vehicles including the Panamera. Of course I don't know if you can use the Porsche system with the Model S.
Panamera Roof Transport System
I think it's fantastic that they were able to engineer them into the frame whether the pano roof was there or not.
How strange is that? We originally get word from Tesla that roof racks will only work if you don't get the pano roof and now they're saying they work only if you *get* the pano roof. Seems to me it would be just as easy to engineer the rails so they were the same regardless of the roof type preferred.
Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Cool... TM is catering to a wide ranging customer base. I will have no need for them.
Same here. While I did want the option and I might buy it in the future, the local Lowe's $20 rental will do for now. After all, $500 will buy a lot of rentals!
Here are two pics I captured of the rack mounts:
I'd hate to do long-distance hauling with roof racks, but I can see wanting them to take sea kayaks off to a different point on the coast or inland to a lake. Short-haul, no highways, and a payload that simply won't fit inside a Model S.
So, any confirmation if the rook rack attachment points are just on the pano roof of both pano and regular yet? Can't believe I missed this thread.
I could be confusing this with the Sat radio option, but I seem to recall them saying from the beginning that only the pano roof supports racks; it was significant because I wasn't planning to get the pano, and took note. They fixed the Sat issue, but this seems like more of a structural deal.
At the Chicago event I only saw them on the pano roof cars but I didn't take any pictures of them.
They were only the beta cars of course, but none of the non-pano roofed cars had them, while all of the panos did have them.
Looked at the solid black roof on the sunset red car on display at Palo Alto yesterday; it's more of a post-beta, close-to-production car manufactured back in mid-June for the Fremont event. It didn't have such anchor points.
Reviewed this with Tesla NYC 25th Street Friday - their Beta has Pano roof and the attach poaints, exactly as pictured on red car in a post above. The little doors open and the attachpoints are underneath, as pictured. They are apparently Mercedes mounts and can use the Mercedes rack(s) - this is per the Specialist onsite. Sadly, I failed to note whether they were on the White Plains Beta, which has NO pano roof...