Magna States Its Three-Motor Tesla Model S Out Handles Stock Version

2 months ago by Christopher Smith 12

Magna Model S

Magna Powertrain put a motor on each rear wheel to make the P100D a better dancer.

First thing’s first – this car isn’t actually a Tesla Model S P100D. It looks like one, and it sounds like one – as in it’s eerily quiet save for the whine of its three electric motors. Three motors? Yes, that’s why this car wears logos from an outfit called Magna Powertrain, a Michigan-based company which removed Tesla’s dual-motor running gear from the Model S and replaced it with an in-house system that features three motors – one for the front wheels and a motor for each wheel in back. It’s now called the Magna E1, and there is a method to the madness.

Aside from a new battery and front motor, Magna’s new powertrain features individual motors for each wheel in back. According to a report from Road Show by CNET, each 140 kilowatt motor produces 188 horsepower for a combined total of 564. For the record, that’s less than a P100D in Ludicrous Mode, but with motors at each rear wheel, Magna’s E1 can torque-vector its way through corners in a manner which the standard Tesla can’t quite match.

So, while we have seen lots of “modified” Teslas in the past (most of which we have not cared for), Magna has actually taken to attempting a performance upgrade, which we can appreciate.

Magna E1

Or rather, that’s what Road Show believes after a test drive of the system at Magna’s facility in Austria. Straight-line acceleration felt on par with a typical P100D, but in the corners the beefy car seemed to respond better, turning in with more gusto thanks to each rear wheel providing varying power levels to help rotate the car. There are no measurements to back up the theory at this point, but the science has certainly been proven on other cars that use a similar torque vectoring setup.

If this has captured your interest, don’t bother pulling out the checkbook to place an order because Magna doesn’t have plans to produce the E1. It’s merely a technology demonstrator at this point, but the company is keen to show off the system. The E1 will be on display next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where we suspect many manufacturers will be interested in learning more about the three-motor electric setup.

Source: Road Show by CNET

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12 responses to "Magna States Its Three-Motor Tesla Model S Out Handles Stock Version"

  1. Joshua Burstyn says:

    Tesla should see if there is interest and check it out for their M3 version of the Model 3. 😀

    1. P100DL2?
      Twice as Ludicdous?

      Tesla Pickup Truck?
      TPT100PDL2?
      Twice the Towing Capacity (Than Model X)

      1. Steven says:

        Now you’re headed in the direction of how Harley Davidson designates their products.

      2. R.S says:

        P100T would be the most fitting name.

  2. mx says:

    Isn’t Magna generally Ford’s supplier of EV components? This is really to the CEO of Ford.

    1. Hoping to beat Tesla at an all electric F150?

    2. jelloslug says:

      Magna is a bigger car company that most car companies.

    3. paul smith says:

      Magna supplies parts for many car companies and has designed it’s own cars for research purposes. They don’t sell their own cars because that would put them in competition with their clients. Magna is a Canadian company with branches around the world.

  3. SJC says:

    Two in back would torque vector.

  4. Martin T. says:

    Needs 4 motors to torque vector fully.
    Why 3? cost cutting Magna not a good look.

    1. R.S says:

      Since the front wheels are used for steering the added benefit of a 4th motor is a lot smaller, than with a 3rd.

      So in a production car the cost savings might outweigh the added performance. Also, they can use 3 identical motors this way, while with 4 motors you’d need two smaller ones in front.

  5. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Cool.

    But Rimac already got there with 4 motors and 1 for each wheel.

    Then again, that Rimac is super expensive.

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