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Tesla on the beach

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ScottChes, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. ScottChes

    ScottChes New Member

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    I saw this photo. Someone drove their Tesla onto a beach in Corolla, NC. Driving in sand may be beyond its capabilities.
     

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  2. Az_Rael

    Az_Rael Active Member

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    Oh, man - that is gonna take some digging to get out.

    I imagine the combination of weight/ low clearance/ performance tires was a killer. Normally I think you want big fatty tires and to air them down for sand.
     
  3. javawolfpack

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    Ouch... no way I'd have tried that. Mind you there were people who went to high school with a cousin who drove the Hummer their parents got them into a lake, thinking it had the snorkel kit/submarine mode... totaling it and immediately bought them a new Hummer with the snorkel kit. I think some people have too much money/don't appreciate the nice things they can afford.

    But good to know in case I have some need to drive on the sand, that my Tesla can't do it.
     
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  4. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 918 Hybrid

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    I wonder if that would have happened if it was a dual motor Model S ... they are great in deep snow :cool:

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  5. John Stuckey

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    It looks like they are working in the area of the tow hook hole. I hope so!
     
  6. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    Ugh, not the first time apparently. Friend sent this to me a few weeks ago. Also in Corolla, NC.
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  7. S4WRXTTCS

    S4WRXTTCS Active Member

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    What??? Obviously it's Tesla's fault for not GPS locking out the beach. :p
     
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  8. 787steve

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    Not so much on the beach, as in the beach.
    I had a professor admit to the class that when he was in college he went to Daytona with his Austin Healey. Spent the day partying. Returned to find a crowd looking at the top of the windshield of his car as the rest was under the incoming tide. He said he stood with them listening to all the comments about the idiot who parked like that for a half hour before he had the nerve to admit it was he.
    I hope they got this one out without any tidal issues.
     
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    So why do they have both the frunk and trunk open? Hoping a big gust of wind would blow the car out of the sand?
     
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  10. TaoJones

    TaoJones Beyond Driven

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    And in other news, Corolla, NC is now named Darwin on the Sea.
     
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  11. ShockOnT

    ShockOnT Quickish

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    Actually dual motor model S would be fine on the sand, so long as:
    1. Not so soft that underbody drags.
    2. Tyres deflated to about 16psi.
    3. Not too fast that you sandburn the bodywork.

    That image the sand looks way too soft to take a low car like this, but the drivetrain itself is actually superior to most 4X4s.
     
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  12. MDMGSO47

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    "On the Beach" - what a great movie!
     
  13. 182RG

    182RG Free The Service Manuals From Tyranny

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    I love driving on the beach....in a rental. I occasionally rent Jeeps from the local dealer in OBX. It's the only way I'd do it.
     
  14. kritlop

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    I don't even like bringing my iphone onto the beach, no way the tesla is going there even though its a D. How could you ever get all of the sand out of it?
     
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  15. Az_Rael

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    I don't know that I would air down normal car tires that much, especially not low profile ones. They don't have the reinforced sidewalls that off-road tires have to be able to take the lower pressures.

    But, these situations are why I own an off-road equipped Tacoma. :)
     
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    When we were there last summer the locals were recommending 18" clearance to drive on the beach. We just paid to go on one of the tours to see the (not so) wild horses. In some places the ruts are pretty deep. Right after the end of the paved road there was a Lexus and a Honda CRV stuck.
     
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    At least the guy set his air suspension level to very high
     
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    Caption contest time!

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    "But Elon said the extra silicon in the anode would increase range."
     
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    Dude, you do not have gull wings.
     
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  20. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Love all the comments!

    Sh-t. I don't even like letting my girl out in the rain.
     

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