Getting more than you bargained for

Getting more than you bargained for

I have an issue with the rear camber on my MS and have begun working on a fix (another thread). In the process of understanding the rear suspension and coming up with a fix, I've come to appreciate the mechanical elements of the car. The rear suspension is a modified version of the BMW 7 series while the front seems to have been inspired by MB. All this is well and good and there is nothing wrong with picking the best of all worlds to inspire your design.

What strikes me as being different is that everything is bigger, thicker and stronger than it needs to be. Sure, it is a 4700lb ish car but the half shafts are the size of the ones from my Chevy Spice (600+ ft-lbs of torque from a 790 hp motor).

Now if I were going to start a car company, I'd hire guys that had done each aspect before along with a head of engineering that had been there and done that. I would then make it perfectly clear that we only had one chance. If we screw up MS, everyone goes home. Now, if I were the head of engineering and got that message, I would design the car with an eye towards cost but both my hands firmly gripped on the throat of reliability. I'd make it just a little stronger and just a little better than needed to do the job. If successful, there will be many years ahead to engineer out cost (and reliability). I think this is exactly what happened with MS.

If I am right with the above, we may very well have a real gem in MS. I think of that MB E Class from many years back that was THE chassis of choice for European taxis. The thing would just go and go and go. I suspect the MS is the same and, if you add the electric drive element to the equation, we may have a three or four hundred thousand mile chassis on our hands. Now would that not be a nice bonus for buying the first cars from a start up auto manufacturer?

RobS | 21 February 2013


ian | 21 February 2013

Nice. Great to hear even more details as to how they've done it right. ;-)

negarholger | 21 February 2013

thanks - now I am thinking to get the battery option. | 21 February 2013

As I perform various mods and open up various hidden spaces, I'm quite impressed on how well the car is designed and built. I see so many things that could have easily been designed cheaply/poorly because they are hidden from view, but Tesla went the extra effort to make a true quality product. The fact that it's the first model year of a new car from a relatively new company is even more impressive.

petero | 21 February 2013

lolachampcar. Good to know. Aren't you glad Colin Chaplin didn't design the suspension and chassis?

vgrinshpun | 21 February 2013

Count some professionals as fans of Model S suspension and overall level of engineering:

Elon Musk is a very straight-talking CEO. Looks like he was not kidding when he set the goal of designing and building the best car in the world...

nickjhowe | 21 February 2013

@petero - I'll do a 'Brian H' on you and say - did you mean "Colin Chapman" (founder of Lotus Cars)? :0)

Brian H | 22 February 2013

Nice conclusion to the Edmunds article.
"... it seems that Tesla has some very clever engineers on the payroll. The 2012 Tesla Model S appears to be much more than a sophisticated battery and electric motor encased in a beautiful wrapper. Dig down farther and the bones look very sound indeed, suggesting that Tesla has serious all-around potential to be around for the long haul."