How smooth will the ride be on the Tesla S?

How smooth will the ride be on the Tesla S?

I understand it is on the Mercedes chassis but since the car is electric did you need to remove a lot of weight thus affecting the smoothness of the ride? I have neck problems and my neck bothers me when I drive sport cars that have too much vibration from the road.

Kind Regards.

Timo | 19 November 2010

That mockup showcar is made on Mercedes frame. Real Model S is entirely Tesla design, not Mercedes in any part.

Because it will have rather heavy battery it will weight quite a lot, which smoothens the ride. Big mass doesn't move easily up or down. It also will have very very low center of gravity which means less tilting in cornering which improves handling.

In other words, it should be as luxurious to drive as you can possible get for a car. In theory at least. No real Model S exists yet, so nobody really knows that.

Rrroger | 12 December 2010

At the roadster test drive that I just enjoyed, the gentleman
before me remarked to the Tesla Rep, that he felt like he was driving a go cart. I thought that it was an unusual thing to say,
but 2 hours after my drive I realized what he was talking about.

The "Roadster Sport" has a rigid frame "stiffness" (that the rep told me was the suspension) that bounces over rough road spots, rather than moving up and down smoothly. The suspension made the cornering stability feel very solid !

My 12 minute drive in a standard neighborhood, not hiway, showed (green) electric charging
on the dash amp meter more than half the time, and stop signs did not require brake pedal, so the "range" calculation on the dash stayed the same from the start to the end of the drive, (no net electric used for 35 mph to 50 mph stop and go driving with one 2 minute down hill).

I am very interested in the Model S, which will not be a prototype
like a first Roadster Sport, but proven and tested!

Brian H | 13 December 2010

12 minutes driving for 0 electricity! Physicists will be fascinated ...


Brian H | 13 December 2010

Actually, I'm guessing that the computer updated its range estimate based on your driving pattern during that test, and was using a higher m/kwh ratio at the end than the beginning.