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What are those flaps ahead of the front wheels?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by wallet.dat, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. wallet.dat

    wallet.dat Member

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    Hopefully R&T allows hotlinking. If not, just click the link and you'll see what I'm talking about. I see a lot of newer cars come with these rubber'ish flaps ahead of the front tires. Anybody know what these are for?
     
  2. amzng_ev

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    I believe they are for drag reduction of the wheels.
     
  3. eco5280

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    They also function to keep mud off the front quarter panels while driving in reverse. Presumably on muddy roads.
     
  4. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    It's the "bling bling packet", new option ($800).
     
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    I'd suspect more to do with drag vs the mud!! I have them on my MS and the don't do anything to help with the mud!
     
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    FWIW, I've seen those those front flaps on other car brands as well and they have been unrelated to the presence of mud flaps proper.
     
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    Flux capacitors for the Warp Drive.
     
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    That's the FINAL STRAW -- I bet these are not available as a retrofit. I was promised hardware upgrades! I'm returning my Sig so I can get this!
     
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    LOL. Tesla's R&D is really restless and sleepless. While most of the improvements are not new to the industry, the rate at which they appear in Model S cars is impressive.
     
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    I don't think my car had them, I got it May 2013.. But after it being serviced 2 weeks ago, they just magically appeared. I could be wrong, and they could always have been there. Or it might be something else that I noticed, I'll check when I go home this weekend and take a closer look at my car.
     
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    I would guess they've always been there. I have a Feb 2013 car and have always had them.
     
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    Nissan LEAF has them too...

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    AustinPowers Total Smeghead

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    My E46 BMW 3-series coupe has them as well. And that is almost 11 years old now.
    No idea what they are for, but I have scraped both sides on high curbs in parking lots and my car still drives. So they can't be that essential :wink:
     
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    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    lol
     
  17. gavine

    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    My flaps scrape against the driveway every time I back-out into the street. I tried all different angles but I can't avoid it. When it stops scraping, I'll assess how much was worn and decide at that time whether or not I should replace.
     
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    In Formula 1, the top teams spend hundreds of hours of wind tunnel time and $100k's designing ways to get air efficiently around spinning front tires. :wink:

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  19. digitaltim

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    My Sig P85 delivered 11/2012 has them...
     

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