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Tesla adds Titanium Underbody Shield to Model S

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Jgdixon, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. PaulusdB

    PaulusdB Mayor Gnomus Vintage Limb

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    That ship has sailed. We're all Guinea pigs, here.
     
  2. Canuck

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    True, but when they herd us, you're first... I'll be lagging behind... ;0)
     
  3. stephenpace

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    Ha, yes, me especially. My car probably isn't the best for them to learn on since there are so many different parts on a Sig already.
     
  4. Chris Naps

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    #104 Chris Naps, Mar 28, 2014
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  5. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    Elon's the man. It's as if he's standing at the plate with a bat, and pitchers are throwing 100 mph fastballs at him from everywhere. He just calmly knocks them out of the park. Very impressive.
     
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    #106 NoMoGas, Mar 28, 2014
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    So your theory is NHTSA investigated, concluded their investigation in record time, found fault with the design, leaked the results to Tesla who then engineered, designed and manufactured these 3 separate items, tested them on 152 vehicles over time so they could beat the NHTSA investigation report that FOUND NO DEFECT TREND and CLOSED the investigation?

    ORRRRRR... Tesla began designing this the moment the 1st and certainly the 2nd fire happened because a) They actually do care about safety, b) They care about public perception, and c) They care about the company's sustainability.

    This is right in line with what Tesla does. Exceptional design with almost an OCD level of commitment to build the safest car ever.
     
  7. anticitizen13.7

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    Does anyone know exactly how the new plate is attached to the vehicle? I assume there would be a spacer of some kind, but it would be nice to know the specifics.
     
  8. Canuck

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    I wonder if this new plate will affect the battery swap?
     
  9. EarlyAdopter

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    That silver-gray metal piece just in front of the battery looks new. That black panel is a plastic aerodynamic shield that has always been there.
     
  10. Kipernicus

    Kipernicus Model S Res#P1440

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    Maybe the titanium shield is hidden behind the black plastic?
     
  11. hockeythug

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    I'm guessing that is this:

    The other two shields must be under the plastic aeroshield.
     
  12. JRP3

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    There was some sort of bar there previously:

    2013_tesla_model-s_det_lt_11071301_600.jpg
     
  13. scaesare

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    Ah, had missed that in the quote, and hadn't known that about the car. Very cool.

    Thanks.
     
  14. ecarfan

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    Here is a photo of the leading edge of the battery of the S85 my mother just took delivery on this week (taken from just behind the passenger side front wheel) showing what I believe is the new "Aluminum Deflector Plate" that Elon discussed in his blog post:

    Model-S-new-aluminum-deflector-plate.jpg

    And here is a photo of approximately the same area on my Dec. 2013 delivered S85. Obviously there is no deflector plate:

    Model-S-old-style-battery.jpg

    What I am not yet clear on is where the new "Titanium Underbody Shield" is located. Is it forward of the new deflector plate, or built into the bottom of the battery case? (Though the bottom of the battery case looks the same in both photos)
     
  15. jerry33

    jerry33 (S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20

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    Or, the reason it reduces the range so little is that the electric current between the dissimilar metals charges the battery :)
     
  16. GeekGirls

    GeekGirls Kid in Candy Store

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    Many thanks to those who posted photos of the shielding. I was concerned about losing clearance height, which would be a huge problem since I can barely make it over our driveway lip as it is. From the looks of things it's a complete non-issue. It looks like a smart, elegant retrofit. I guess I should have expected no less from Tesla.
     
  17. Kraken

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    You have the perfect opportunity to find out the weight difference between the two cars. Would you mind taking them to a scale (not that I advertise taking a model s to a landfill, but most landfills have a scale)?

    i recommend taking everything out of the car and having similar charges. Are there any spec differences that might come into play (child seats, pano roof, suspension, dual charger)?

    alternatively, I'll volunteer to do the same with anyone who has a child seat less p85+ with dual chargers, pano roof, and air suspension who just picked their car up this month and lives in the bay area or sacramento.
     
  18. ecarfan

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    The two cars I posted photos of are 417 miles apart.
     
  19. JRP3

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    I'd guess it either replaces what used to be the black plastic panel in front of the new cross bar or it's just above it.
     
  20. anticitizen13.7

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    The videos that Elon posted are pretty impressive. The tow hitch piece, concrete block, and alternator are crushed into pieces before they even get close to the battery pack.

    This does inspire a lot of confidence :)
     

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