Racks for toys

edited August 2012 in Roadster
Does anyone know of racks/hook (either on the roof or at the tail) that could handle skis, bike or extra luggage on the Roadster? I am moving to the US withing the next two months and would prefer to get one car and for it to be electric. Is that possible or do I simply need to buy two cars? One pre-owned gas car for actually doing things and the Roadster for running errands/window shopping? Please enlighten me.


  • Kerstin,
    Storage space, hitches, and racks are a shortcoming of the Roadster.
    On many occassions I've wished there were a rear deck rack where I could strap a suitcase to go to/from the airport or pick something up.
  • edited November -1
    This isn't my Tesla, but was webpage URL sent to me when asked the same question. Installing a receiver hitch on Tesla. Roadster/DSC_6913.jpg
  • edited November -1
    If fairness, the Roadster isn't built to carry cargo, it's a sports car. It's designed to go fast and look good doing it :)
  • edited November -1
    Dragged out my old 2004 Prius receiver hitch (made by Curt) and was looking at some options for mounting it to the Roadster. Unlike the hitch on, I'm not too keen on using the stabilizer bar mounts. Or having the receiver inlet right next to the rear impact sensor. But there might be a way to put a couple heavy steel plates in the trunk and run some bolts down to tie things together. I'll be working on it. A bike rack is just the beginning - Ideally I'd like to be able to carry a stand-up paddleboard!
  • edited November -1
    If anyone is planning to go to the mountains with your skis, driving your Tesla Roadster, be sure it isn't going to snow and carry chains just in case it does. Why the Tesla is not 4WD or AWD is probably due to the additional expense of equiping each wheel with a motor and computer control. The technology exists.
  • edited November -1
    <p>It's more because of limitations with the speed controllers & integrating them. It also drains the battery a little faster.</p>

    <p>AWD and 4WD is for off-road, 2WD is more than enough for snow covered roads.</p>
  • edited November -1
    Just doing a quick Google search: 4WD/AWD seems to have appeared on most cars within the last 5 years, and then mostly on SUVs. I don't know of any sports type car (Corvette, BMW, Jaguar, smaller Mercedes, Maserati, Ferrari) that has it.
    In my experience,I drove in 4-8 inches of snow in the Ozarks (Missouri small mountains) for years with front wheel drive and never (as in NEVER) got stuck. Spinning out from driving too fast, maybe.
    For years and years and years, farmers got to town in winter, over unplowed gravel roads, in a pickup. Usually with an additional few hundred pounds of weight over the rear wheels
    It was interesting to note that Jaguar, in its "Tech talks" says "4WD makes no difference above 15 mph".
    And it seems that the main push behind 4WD is advertising, getting people to want the newest thing, and believing it will actually make them better drivers. Sort of like ads of soccer moms driving Hummers.
  • qwkqwk
    edited November -1
    @ecam - 4wd is not needed on mainained roads period. It's mainly used for off-road situations. 4wd is basically a false sense of security on maintained snowy roads.
  • ggrggr
    edited November -1
    The Porsche Carrera has optional 4wd. Standard on Audi R8/RS6. There are definitely good sports cars that have it.
  • I can see how 4wd could be useful to get more traction for acceleration than 2wd, however, I can also see how it could be very difficult to develop controllers for it with Roadster that has smaller front wheels than rear wheels.
    I'm glad Tesla went simple though, that enabled them to get cars on the road sooner.
    Maybe some day, we can see independent motors on all 4 wheels with electronic differential, yaw, and traction control. That will sort of be the ultimate driving machine - sorry BMW.
  • edited November -1
    <p>Best solution would be some lightweight material hub-motors in all four wheels that work as brakes when braking and motors when accelerating. That removes need for any kind of axles, but unfortunately hub-motors tend to weight quite a bit which increases unsprung weight too high.

    <p>Heavy trucks and other vehicles like that unsprung weight doesn't matter that much and for military vehicles having freedom of movement on suspension & very easy way to do AWD for more than four-wheel vehicles would be priceless (as well as smaller heat signature and much less noise for detection). Also losing one engine still leaves seven working one for eight-wheeled vehicles.
  • edited November -1
    It would be slick if Tesla could provide some easily concealed threaded hard points (like camera tripod mounts) for a proprietary roofrack fit. I have every intention to take the S to ski destinations. I would hate to sully the lines with an ugly black steel and plastic aftermarket rack...
  • edited November -1
    These guys can put a class II hitch on a Roadster, but you have to drive the car to their Bellevue shop:

  • edited November -1
    The people that make the "Kappasphere" rack for the Solstice say they will have a Tesla version at in a couple of months:

    The "boot bag" is available now: Some owners have ordered the "Elise, Vintage and Supercar" model and are happy with it.

    Jack, did you get a hitch from Manns Hitch? Are you happy with the quality and how it's mounted? Do you mind giving a ballpark price? I don't imagine (?) it's really good for towing, but you can probably carry a bike rack or cargo pod...or paddle board.

    Is it really class II? There's not a lot of mounting points under there, I would assume it's just class I.

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