Nico Rosberg Drives Tesla Model X – Calls Musk Crazy


The good kind of crazy.

Elon Musk is just a little bit crazy!” That seems to be one of the main takeaways for Nico Rosberg after spending a couple weeks with the Tesla Model X. The 2016 Formula One champion, who retired from the series after reaching that career peak, put together a 10-minute video (below) of his time with the all-electric SUV.

Now, Rosberg seems to be a pretty enthusiastic guy generally, and it’s reflected throughout the piece, as he expresses child-like delight at the bells and whistles that the Califonia car has in abundance. It starts off with the summon feature — it surprises the ace pilot by recognizing the tight confines of the parking garage and steers a path away from the wall it’s asked to back up towards — and pretty much continues throughout as he explores a number of the vehicles so-called Easter eggs and features, like “Bio-Defense mode” and Autopilot.

Filmed on the 30-minute trip to the airport, he comments along the way on a number of different aspects of the Model X: the price (expensive); the quality (pretty awesome); range (starting to get into a really healthy place). He also goes over the Supercharger network, saying that in Europe there are about 400 locations already built by the automaker.

The time spent trying out the Autopilot advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) is pretty amusing. As a racecar driver, Rosberg is all about control and finds it difficult to keep his hands off the wheel — something that drivers are asked by the system not to do despite the auto-steering function. Interesting that he does note that the system does a better job than he can of maintaining a constant distance from the lane-marking lines.

Though he made a career out of driving gas-powered cars quickly, Rosberg seems to have embraced battery-powered motivation. Last year, while on a trip to the U.S. West coast, which included a visit to Tesla headquarters, he spent some time on a bike from Zero Motorcycles. This year he took possession of his own Energica Ego sportsbike. He was also one of the first to publicly drive the new Formula E car that will be used in the upcoming Season 5 of that road-racing series.

While he no doubt still enjoys traditional cars —  he enthuses over a Ferrari F40 and Nissan GT-R in this very video — there’s no hiding his appreciation of this particular electric SUV. Summing up at the end, he says it’s not perfect, but still gives it a big two thumbs up.

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Tesla can tell people to keep their hands on the wheel as often as they want… the first thing people want to do, is take them off. 😉

I did the same thing when I first tried Autopilot, though only for a short period, and I kept my hands extremely close and my eyes on the road.

I hope you didn’t pay $5000 so that you can keep your hands on the wheels and eyes on the road.

I don’t own a Tesla, just had a chance to drive a couple.
I would say, though, that although it is a pricey option, it is still one of owner’s favorite features. Quite possibly THE favorite, so that says something.

as an owner, my favorite feature is just to drive the car (☰ and MS).
Autopilot is great for long and boring highways..

We have had the Model X since 2016 and I have used AP there in stop and go traffic and boring stretches of long distance trips, or to delegate struggling against sidewinds. With Model 3 I started to also appreciate it for dynamic driving, especially since the controls are now much closer to your hands as they rest on the steering wheel and you can quickly switch in and out of and adjust parameters of autopilot from muscle memory. It allows you to quickly pull up behind the car in front of you at the end of a channel that you just entered while relaxing just enough to take the next opportunity to move on with even more confidence. Also allows to keep an eye out on the more distance traffic situation in those moments to have an overall better grasp on whats developing around you.

…hum…..paid by Tesla …nice write up

I’m cruising through life with no blinders on
I’m trying for the line between right and wrong
but there’s always something shaking wherever I go
and I’m always saying yes when I should say no

I said come here sweet thing, let me show you how it feels
she said “don’t look at me and keep your hands on the wheel”
keep your hands on the wheel, keep your hands on the wheel
keep your hands on the wheel, on the wheel

RAM JAM 1977

There’s so many negative opinions against Tesla, yet those who have them have never even driven a Tesla. Once you do, you start looking at ICE as obsolete.