Drag Race

Drag Race

MODEL 3 MIGHT DRAG US ALL INTO A NEW CONVERSATION

Tesla tends to kill all in a drag race. YouTube videos abound. Well, now it might dominate the other kind of drag race, as in drag coefficient. It’s a big factor in fuel economy and electric range.

But it’s unglamorous. Aerodynamics usually bores everyone except automotive engineers. Leave it to Tesla to make it an exciting topic among laymen and force other automakers to stop chickening out and start building super-slippery cars, even if the styling startles at first. Model 3 might do exactly that. If today’s rumors have a foot in reality:

  • Musk wants the 3 to slip under 0.20, besting the 0.24 of the S and X, and making it the slickest production car on earth. It would likely require a radical design, something normally relegated to an outlandish concept tucked behind the ropes at a car show.
  • The Model 3 will indeed have a “special design,” says another bit of hearsay.

Volkswagen XL1 Is World's Most Aerodynamic Production Car - Drag Coefficient Is 0.189

Volkswagen XL1 Is World's Most Aerodynamic Production Car - Drag Coefficient Is 0.189

Don’t forget, Elon did say Model 3 won’t look like other cars. Seems we might be in for a shocker next spring. Those nutty concept cars that nobody actually builds, Tesla might build, despite TeslaMondo’s view that the fledgling EV market requires restraint and disallows crazy designs.

Winning this “drag race” would grant Tesla some mighty-impressive bragging rights during the 3 unveiling. Impressive to geeks, that is. But, you see, Tesla is making geeks of us all.

*Editor's Note: This post appears on TeslaMondo. Check it (and other Tesla stories of interest) out here.