Tesla Model S Halloween Science Experiment With Ludicrous Mode – Video

OCT 31 2015 BY MARK KANE 14

Tesla Model S Halloween science experiment with Ludicrous Mode

Tesla Model S Halloween science experiment with Ludicrous Mode

For Halloween, CarAdvice prepared a lighter test of the Tesla Model S P90DL.

A tiny pumpkin is just too small to scare someone until they outnumbered you in the dark room, but it turns out right for the Ludicrous Halloween science experiment.

“Have you ever wondered what happens when gravity mixes with acceleration? We wanted to find out what happens if you drop a pumpkin in a car that is accelerating.

We head out with a pumpkin and the Tesla Model S P90D fitted with Ludicrous Mode. The results may surprise you!”

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omg

for 8.2 m/s2 a humble 85D would have done it as well…

Not a valid test. Holding it outside the car, above the sun roof, exposed it to wind forces outside the car which pushed the pumpkin to the rear.

If you’re gonna do a science experiment, then actually do a science experiment.

What? No. You are being silly.

They don’t seem to be able to multiply, either. They said the Tesla accelerates at 1.21g, which would be 11.86 m/s*s. I guess they divided instead of multiplying, although 9.8/1.21 is 8.1 m/s*s not 8.2 m/s*s. It looks like they rounded 1.21 to 1.2, too.

When the car is not moving there is no “wind” to push the pumpkin. The only thing dropping from above the roof did was give a longer fall time. This is simple physics at work. The only force on the pumpkin was that due to gravity. The car simply moved forward during the fall. Any student who paid attention in a high school physics class would understand this, both in theory and in practice.

David D. Nelson said:

“When the car is not moving there is no ‘wind’ to push the pumpkin.”

I dunno about “wind”, but the actual wind was so strong that at the beginning of the video you can see the narrator’s clothes being whipped around by it when he’s standing still. Seems pretty clear to me that that was more than enough to compromise the experiment.

The way to perform a proper scientific experiment is by eliminating as many extraneous variables as you reasonably can. Clearly this demonstration failed at that.

What they also should have shown is that when you drop the pumpkin in the car while driving 65mph (with no acceleration), the pumpkin also drops straight down.

I liked the pendulum one better. Though that wasn’t Halloweenish.

Wow, that was a waste. But I wish I knew where he got those glasses

What a rough crowd! I spotted some of the same flaws, but enjoyed the overall experience anyway.

+1

Like so much of the Tesla story, it is an amusing parlor trick.