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Does the Model S battery actually protect the driver and passenger from road debris?

Does the Model S battery actually protect the driver and passenger from road debris?

If you flip a model s on its side and shoot heavy sharp objects at it will the battery protect the occupants, but catch fire vs a ICE car that will just let the object fly through? My ICE cars floor boards are pretty thin, old ones have rusted through. Seems to me like the battery could act like a bullet proof vest. Youtube "Road Debris Impales Car" first one by "Dangerous Trailers.org". You would be dead if you had been in the back seat. I will take a warning to get out and watch my car burn over that.

ian t.wa.us | November 20, 2013

It seems to me it would. There's just a lot more layers down there in an S. Depending, of course, on where you're looking. Road debris isn't likely to go through a transmission or a drive shaft but the S's battery pack most definitely covers more square footage.

Cheers!

Car t man | November 20, 2013

Are you trying to make the cars appeal to rappers? :)

Don't. Bentley needed years of strategic marketing trying to get rid of the rapper's and footballer's car tag in public eye...

Timo | November 20, 2013

Cultural reference I didn't get. Rapper & footballer car tag?

Brian H | November 20, 2013

Preferred car for entertainers and sports stars. Like the Caddy is sometimes thought of as a dope dealer special.

Timo | November 20, 2013

What I didn't get is how is that a bad thing. Maybe I can understand rapper, but what's wrong with footballer?

Car t man | November 21, 2013

Timo, many people like rappers and footballers.
Just not many of the fans in the lines of people
who were traditional buyers of Bentleys. When
rappers and footballers began buying them, the
traditional and larger circle of buyers began
abandoning the brand with frightening speed.

Footballers aren't cherished for poised taste,
refined language, intellectual leaps, etc.

They have other attributes, some of them cool, some
funny and some neither of both, so marketing people
need to think carefully about what to relate to.

For Bentley, the two groups began damaging its core brand.

For VW, they would be great. I can tell you that quite a few
people I know forgot about the Audi when Audi became the
sponsor and choise of soccer players, etc.

Different people like different associations.

I, for instance, like to hang in the intelligent crowd of Tesla
owners, but wouldn't be caught dead being mistaken for an Apple
like religious worshiper of the car or brand, like some.

Slippery slopes for marketing people. Bentley needed years and new
marketing people and approaches, to reconnect with their crowd.

It is also why I sometimes warn posters on this forum, to be a bit less
aggressive toward owners less spiritually "connected" to Tesla, because it could quickly alienate casual drivers, owners, etc..

Brian H | November 21, 2013

car t;
Tesla quality overwhelms all image-seeking. Elon has no use for "brand building" any other way.

Timo | November 21, 2013

Footballers aren't cherished for poised taste,
refined language, intellectual leaps, etc.

Are we talking about US prolate spheroid handball players here or soccer players? Different cultures treat them differently I guess.

alcassfast | November 22, 2013

Coach says I graduate next year, whatever that means.

Timo | November 22, 2013

:D :D. Well said.

petochok | November 24, 2013

Let us know when you succeed flipping a Model S on its side for the sake of this experiment, then we'll talk :)

DTsea | November 26, 2013

Since you cant get the car to roll over it's moot.