Tesla Model 3 Gets Ripped Apart For Research


Geek alert! This is not a drill!

Want to see the Tesla Model 3 exploded? No, not “exploded” as in blown up with dynamite — though no doubt there are some who would like to see that as well. More like one of those technical drawings where an object (like a motor, for instance)  is shown with all its constituent parts separated and shown in relation to each other. Yes? Then, you’ll want to click on the video above and see the mid-sized Tesla ripped apart. You know, for research.

You guy behind the Ingineerix YouTube channel has been wowing us with videos he’s produced after getting a hold of a salvage Model 3 and taking it apart. In this latest episode, he shows us all the components that come installed in the car, but without the shell of the car to get in the way. Not only does he walk us through all the assorted pieces, we also learn the sundry places in which the components are stashed.

For instance, did you know the Wi-Fi antenna is hidden in the beam that runs between the B pillars? There all kinds of similar discoveries to be made. Besides seeing what is where, it also notes a few things that aren’t there at all. Apparently, the Model 3 uses MOSFETs and current detectors instead of fuses to help regulate the 12-volt system. Huh.

Another interesting tidbit? How about the fact that the restraint control module, which uses it gyrometer and accelerometer to provide input to the airbag and other safety systems, also sends info to the computer running the drive unit to help enable traction and yaw control. Brilliant! Let us know what you found most interesting or revealing in the Comments. Enjoy!

From the video description:

I keep getting asked how I am gleaning all this knowledge about the Model 3 and it’s systems. Most of my knowledge is derived simply from intense study of all the 3’s systems, inside and out. The best way for me to get access to every system in the car is to basically remove it’s body and all non-essential parts which block access. I have done this; Exploded a Model 3 right here on my shop floor! Now you get the grand tour!

WARNING: Do not ask me how to obtain access to the hidden menus shown. Unfortunately there is no simple way for one to access them, Tesla has went to great lengths to keep people out. Getting access involved warranty-voiding techniques on the ICE circuit board, including soldering, and is very risky to attempt on your $50k+ car.

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22 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Gets Ripped Apart For Research"

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Just wait 2 years and it’ll get ripped apart itself

Yeah all Tesla cars are crap and fall apart if you even look at them!


You trolls have a insatiable appetite for crapping on anything Tesla. Why don’t you spend your time doing something productive loser.

Great! Now, if you can just cram all that into a 1957 Bel Air convertible chassis in seafom green with white trim (and get it to run), I’d pay any price.

(The original James, not the commenter below, wheres my Gravatar?) The larger-than-X or S gauge wire from charge port to battery pack is very interesting. What charge rate can the 3 accomodate?

Lots of great tidbits to be learned. The simplification vs. a Prius = fascinating.

I want to see this type of teardown analysis of the Jaguar I-Pace for comparison, and not have to pay big money to see it.

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

I wonder if they went with aluminium wiring to reduce weight, but they would need a larger diameter to carry the same current load.

ShadeTree Electrician

Rule of thumb is two wire sizes bigger if you go aluminum, 2/0 copper for residential is 200a. But for aluminum you would need 4/0. It is still lighter and about 5x cheaper to boot. So Not only are they saving weight, they are saving money!

But one drawback is that it needs special care to make sure you do not have copper come in direct contact with Aluminum, special lugs and isolation must be used. Otherwise galvanic corrosion sets in and can ruin your day. Luckily Tesla has plenty of experience with Aluminum so this should not be a problem!

Model 3 definitely uses aluminium high voltage wires — that has been mentioned even before it went into production. The question then is, do their older vehicles not use aluminium wires?…

Aluminum wires can cause corrode and catch fire when it break or melted due to high amperage. It’s bad idea to use aluminum wires for car or for housing .

No, it’s not. Old aluminium wiring in houses used to be a fire hazard, because the contacts can corrode when not protected properly. With suitable terminals, aluminium wires are perfectly fine, and nothing out of the ordinary in EVs AIUI.

I’m guessing that Tesla’s engineers know more about this than you do. Tesla has proven it knows how to build very safe BEVs with an extremely low risk of fire; far lower than the average gasmobile.

The Model S and Model X are more expensive cars, and so far as I know, use copper wiring everywhere.

For the Model 3, pinching pennies everywhere possible was a priority, hence aluminum wiring. It’s not only cheaper, it’s lighter.

Thanks for sharing! Phil, the engineering artist also known as Ingineerix, does truly great work. He was a legend on PriusChat and later in the Nissan LEAF community. Well worth watching!

My concern here is – is this car the way it appears or did they remove tape from the wiring harness to show the colors? All those exposed hoses would not work in my area where they salt the roads, and unprotected wires are also a no-no.

If the cars are used in San Diego or LA they are fine, but I don’t live there – so don’t know how a ‘virgin’ car is actually built, assuming they’ve dissected stuff prior to turning on the Camera. The Roadster was wired more substantially than this and could, in this aspect at least, survive cold climates – that’s why they called it “The All-Weather SuperCar!” ( More than a bit of exaggeration, but it was more than here) – that’s why I’d like to know what a ‘real untouched’ ‘3’ looks like.

I’ve seen all of these. Awesome, the detail ingeenerix finds. So simple and elegant, its horrifying.
1200 amp limit, from battery.

ShadeTree Electrician

Can’t wait for Rick Rebuilds to get ahold of some Model 3’s and brings them back from the dead. If you liked this you should enjoy his channel rebuilding Model S’s as well.

This is a great illustration of just how complex modern automobiles (even EVs) are. And all those parts have to deal with vibration, temperature swings, high humidity and other challenges for many years in order to keep an automobile functioning reliably. Truly a marvel of engineering.

consumer reports named the Model X as the least reliable vehicle category. Not paying a premium for anything Tesla

Consumer Reports‘ surveys also show the Model X among the Top 10 in customer satisfaction out of all the cars surveyed. Not just all EVs.

Now go peddle your short-seller papers elsewhere, Mr. Tesla Death Cultist.


It is funny what they stick in the pillars. In the right C pillar, there is a stereo amplifier!

The coolant hoses are plastic instead of reinforced rubber in normal ICE car. I take it that plastic hoses are lighter and stronger but do they last 10 to 15 years ?!. Under intense tropical heat cycles, water splashes etc.

The water pump inlet on ice cars are always plastic. So is the intake manifold. If they do fail it is because of vibration from the engine. Electric motors don’t have that.