Tesla Model S: Does it Drift? (Video)

APR 21 2015 BY TDILLARD 14

This just in, from the Odaiba Tokyo Drift D1 Professional Drift Grand Prix via the MASUDA Channel:

...boys gotta drift

…boys gotta drift

Tokyo drift

…drift on, dude.

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The one thing the P85D can’t do.

And yeah, the TC’s a bit agonising here.

May be if they update the software to be able to disable the front motor (drift mode)

“you may get out of reach of a charging station sooner than expected”
in that mode 🙂

You can drift with AWD! Front motor may be too weak though. If the D had the rear motor in the front, I think it definitely could drift too.

However, you also need a manual parking brake lever to lock up the rear tires momentarily at will and let the front keep pulling (even while slipping). Also, cars are usually modified for greater opposite lock: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opposite_lock
basically tighter turning radius, but stresses CVs joints much more.

This might be taboo, but since there are no AWD EV drifters yet, here’s an example with a custom Mustang: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qanlirrRWs

Perhaps inspiration for the next Zombie 222 EV 🙂

tire emissions

This is one activity I just don’t understand. What is the excitement about destroying your tires and just generally being hard on your vehicle?

I lived in Okinawa for 4 years, young kids, would drive their cars to this one place and do donuts for 5 minutes straight, usually someone would ride home on rims… they love it, I never understood it but it was interesting to see the destruction that they were so proud off…


I had no idea Charlie Sheen spoke Japanese and knew how to drive a drift car. He’s more talented than I thought! 😉


Too bad the Model S doesn’t come with regenerative tires.

Whew! For a second a thought the cameraman was toast! Nice control via driver but a little too close for cameraman comfort.

That was hard to watch – a beautiful and very expensive care being slowly destroyed.