Why such a long nose on a car without an ICE engine up front?

Why such a long nose on a car without an ICE engine up front?

In watching the videos it seems as though the cabin could have been extended more towards the front.
I wonder if the suspension towers are too big?
Or if there are safety concerns with bringing the cabin in between the front wheels?
Maybe the shape just didn't look appealing?

I'm curious what others think as I can't think of a good reason.

Timo | 14 mars 2011

Crumble zone and aerodynamics. Also you don't want to be too radical for first generation of ICE replacements.

Ramon123 | 15 mars 2011

Why are you asking us? Ask Tesla's stylist , von Holzhausen

ckessel | 15 mars 2011

Was wondering this myself. I'm with Timo in guessing that for a 5+2 passenger car, that shrinking the nose might have made it look odd relative to the passenger compartment and/or lessen safety/aerodynamics.

Brian H | 17 mars 2011

Room for a body.


William13 | 17 mars 2011

I am with Timo. It has been said that Elon is actually fairly traditional in his style. He absolutely wants this car to sell and it would not sell well if it were too radically different in style. I expect the Model X and ?van? will move the front seat forward somewhat.

Ad van der Meer | 17 mars 2011

Maybe the reason for the "large" front section is the need for storage space when the car is being used as a 7-seater...

msiano17 | 20 mars 2011

To put it simply ... If this car had a flatter nose and looked like an EV vehicle it would not be appealing to me. It is just a gorgeous car that is very distinctive in its styling an design, but you do not want it to stick out like sore thumb. Having a smaller front end would not be proportional and not aesthetically appealing.

They have kept the car looking like a well designed luxury

Timo | 20 mars 2011

There is a way to make car look cool and still be "futuristic". Think Minority Report & Lexus concept cars.

That said I still prefer normal cars, losing engine is no reason to lose basic chassis design that everyone knows works and is safe in collisions etc.

Tom A | 21 mars 2011

Aadditionally, the space under the "hood" gives them more cargo space, making the Model S the roomiest sedan in it's price point. Tesla's tag line goes something like "seats up to seven people with more cargo space than some SUVs." It's on the website somewhere.

Ramon123 | 8 juin 2011

You got a problem with a car having trunk space?

discoducky | 9 juin 2011

Since you asked...

No as I have kids. I do want to have more interior space than a A8L and have enough trunk space for a double bike trailer.

Here's to dreaming!

I wonder if Franz will answer the question with a question?

Mittar | 9 juin 2011

The answer is pretty simple. Beauty adds value. A long nose on a car is more beautiful than a short stubby nose.

Nicu | 9 juin 2011

Without a long nose you cannot have good safety. It has to crash / deform / compress to let you slow down more gently in case of a front collision at high speed.

ncn | 12 juin 2011

The combination of crumple zone, storage space, and "conservative" styling is good enough for me. On crumple-zone justification alone, you would have a front trunk and no rear trunk, however.... which could have a pretty classic 20s-sports-car or station-wagon look. So I think storage space really has to be the biggest reason for the "double trunks".

Vawlkus | 13 juin 2011

There's also the aerodynamics to consider

Brian H | 14 juin 2011

Two words: "penetrating power"!