Beta Test of new ION Propulsion unit on my Tesla (Video)

Beta Test of new ION Propulsion unit on my Tesla (Video)

I posted this test on you tube to show how much fun I have with my new Tesla.
Enjoy !

bigez1 | July 14, 2013

Pretty cool.....

david.cheney | July 14, 2013

hilarious! I wonder if your local law enforcement will be quite so amused :)

P.S. be careful using the Ion drive on wet pavement!

stimeygee | July 14, 2013

Love it.

Reilly McHugh | July 14, 2013

sorry if this is a dumb question... What exactly is that?

Tesla4JP | July 14, 2013

+1 with Reilly......what is that?? And what purpose does it serve?? I don't get it?

My question is why would you add that distracting 'device' to a stunning, sexy, head-turning car like Model S?

To each his own......

jbunn | July 14, 2013

That looks very cool. Me, I try to fly under the radar, so I won't be adding that, but I do like it.

TeslaModelSOwner | July 14, 2013

Yea what is that and how do I get one?

GeirT | July 14, 2013

To space and beyond!

Tâm | July 14, 2013


It seems that when you floor the accelerator, the simulated jet stream just ejects out.

Instead of a brake light, now you got an accelerator light to warn that your car is leaving all those ICE behind right now :)

Great invention indeed!

Litennn | July 15, 2013

Star Wars fans need no explanation , this is the result of Photon emission from the ION drive of the Millennium Falcon. This was made possible by LED lamps installed by the same company that do the emergency vehicles. The state laws concerning what is permissible were reviewed to determine if they are legal. Some local enforcement may have their own rules, so they are not always enabled.

They are a real blast !


Jewsh | July 15, 2013

Neat. :-)

cloroxbb | July 15, 2013

Would like video more if it would have been recorded sideways haha :) | July 15, 2013

The only problem I see is that the stations to refuel the DI-lithium crystals are few and far between(most are in CA:)). Plus it takes four hours to refill.

LMB | July 15, 2013

These are not the di-lithium crystals you're looking for.

yonak | July 15, 2013

I didn't know when you went from impulse power to warp drive it left a visible trail.

Litennn | July 15, 2013

LMB Your reference to the Jedi mind trick may be needed if I run into Jabba the Cop.


Brian H | July 15, 2013

What do you expect to find 'beyond space'?

Brian H | July 15, 2013

Is the trailing fog produced with dry ice? That would be ironic ...

GeekEV | July 15, 2013

I am both fascinated and horrified at the same time. :-0

Litennn | July 15, 2013

Brian H:
No special effects, just optical illusion.
No radiation or toxic byproducts were produced.


NICE | July 15, 2013

Thats cool! Where can I get one? How did you tie in the accelerator?

Jay w | July 15, 2013

Was there any injured animals producing this video?

Brian H | July 15, 2013

Doubt it. Injured animals are lousy producers.

Litennn | July 16, 2013

There are no power or interface connections to the car, it is a completely stand-a-lone operation using a battery pack and inertia switch. This prevents any chance of warranty problems


pebell | July 16, 2013

I don't know which "mod" made me laugh louder - this, or the USB powered hamster wheel in the frunk - but: frikking' brilliant!!!!

bbryant | July 16, 2013

Is SPACE X involved?
Inquiring minds at NASA want to know

tobi_ger | July 16, 2013

bbryant: maybe we could get a Grasshopper mod? :)

Litennn | July 16, 2013

tobi_ger; And we could get George ( Jetson ) to be the test pilot.


GeirT | July 16, 2013

@ Brian H

Beyond space? I don't know - but I am certain than my friend Buzz Lightyear will show me!

GeekEV | July 16, 2013

Ok, so I'm dying to know. Does it really look like the video in real life? Or is that just an effect of the bright lights over saturating the cameras CMOS sensor?

I know taking pictures of headlights will do a similar thing. They tend to look solid white but in real life you can see the point sources and variations in the light.

Litennn | July 16, 2013

GeekEV; You are correct, however I have not let someone drive my car yet so it may be awhile before I Get to see for myself.


Litennn | July 18, 2013

The reason it looks like a continuous light trail is your eyes persistence retains the image of the light where the car just moved away from, just like warp drive on Star Trek.


AmpedRealtor | July 18, 2013

I suspect the effect is entirely disappointing during the daytime...

tobi_ger | July 18, 2013

During daytime, whenever you go above 120kW acceleration, the rear releases a jetfighter flare phalanx, that should do it. :)

Litennn | July 18, 2013

You are correct, not as visible during daytime especially from the distance they will be observing from.


AmpedRealtor | July 18, 2013

OMG @ tobi_ger LOL

Litennn | July 26, 2013

I have been gone for a week and really missed my Knight Rider.