Tesla Model X Falcon Door Operation On Early Prototype – Video

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 11

Tesla model X Prototype Falcon Door Testing

Tesla model X Prototype Falcon Door Testing

Recently (December 17, 2015) a Tesla Model X was spotted at a Supercharger in Michigan,

This particular Model X was apparently sent to an independent testing facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan for some brake tests.

It’s not clear to us why the Model X is fitted with all sorts of sensors just for brake tests. Perhaps other tests were performed too?

Additionally, we do wonder why an early prototype version of the Model X was being tested in mid-December of last year. You’d think a full production version would’ve been available for testing by then.

The video (unfortunately shot vertically) has us asking lots of questions, but at least we get to see the early sensors that were required to get the Falcon Door operation all dialed in.

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11 responses to "Tesla Model X Falcon Door Operation On Early Prototype – Video"

  1. “It’s not clear to us why the Model X is fitted with all sorts of sensors just for brake tests. Perhaps other tests were performed too?” Why not use an earlyer prototpe as a Mule of a sort, for testing new and additional sensors for higher level Autopilot functionality? That, and as you say, other tests could be being performed, like – they might want a baseline for regular Supercharging, before installing a robotic charging snake at a supercharger sight, too!

  2. vdiv says:

    Gah! Phone makers are entirely responsible.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt9zSfinwFA

  3. “Additionally, we do wonder why an early prototype version of the Model X was being tested in mid-December of last year. You’d think a full production version would’ve been available for testing by then.”

    Production versions are being shipped to customers who have waited years for their cars. This prototype cannot be shipped to a customer, but it can still be used for further refinement and testing, which Tesla continues to do after releasing.

    1. ffbj says:

      True, and they do not have a lot spare Model X’s to fool around with.

  4. kdawg says:

    At 1:16 did he open the door w/an inside lever? That would be much better than having to wait for the chrome one to extend. K.I.S.S.

    1. Mark says:

      The handles dont extend on the x

  5. scottf200 says:

    Old parts on the Falcon Wing Doors.

  6. Priusmaniac says:

    There is another video afterwards that I found really nice to look at from a new Miami Model X owner which is obviously super pleased with the car.
    Direct link here:
    http://insideevs.com/163656-2/

    1. Foo says:

      Good one, bro. That just links back to this article.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Thanks TF1, re-mapped!