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Vman455 04-18-2018 06:59 PM

Tesla Model 3 aero details
 
Over the weekend, I stopped in at the Manhattan Tesla store where they had a Model 3 on display.

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-vm...415-161330.jpg

LED headlights, multiple-reflector type like Honda uses rather than projectors like the Prius Prime, Acuras, etc.:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-vm...415-161020.jpg

Adjustable shutters in the lower grill:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-vm...415-161033.jpg

The front wheel air curtains have a large, visible inlet, similar to the new Chevrolet Silverado:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-vm...415-161008.jpg

Rear diffuser:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-vm...415-161210.jpg

There's a strake on either side just inboard of the rear wheels:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-vm...415-161227.jpg

The front wheel air dams are small and more rounded than other manufacturers':

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-vm...415-161302.jpg

It looks like it should have been a hatchback:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-vm...415-161132.jpg

The trunk was quite large, but the opening is on the small side.

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-vm...415-161117.jpg

I quite like the interior; it's simple and clean.

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-vm...415-160805.jpg

My brother put a deposit down the day they became available and should have his car later this year.

Daox 04-18-2018 07:38 PM

Nice going over! Thanks.

MetroMPG 04-18-2018 08:14 PM

OK car.

Nothing a little cardboard & duct tape can't improve!

NeilBlanchard 04-19-2018 11:23 AM

The Model 3 is the lowest Cd (or is tied for the lowest Cd) of any car sold today. And the detail not shown on that car, is the aero wheels:

https://proxy.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=h...wheels.jpg&f=1

MetroMPG 04-19-2018 11:46 AM

The Model S had an aero wheel option as well, which made a significant improvement on highway efficiency.

Tesla ended up cancelling the option because hardly anyone wanted it.

You can lead a fashion-conscious horse to unusual-looking water...

Daschicken 04-27-2018 01:12 PM

I just saw my first model 3 a few days ago.

Quote:

Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 567253)
The Model S had an aero wheel option as well, which made a significant improvement on highway efficiency.

Tesla ended up cancelling the option because hardly anyone wanted it.

You can lead a fashion-conscious horse to unusual-looking water...

Cool to hear about aero wheels making a difference. I wonder if Tesla is ever going to go the tall and thin wheel route like the BMW i3.

Iím really loving that horse quote. That may or may not be ending up in my signature. Unfortunately it is prime real estate, so stuff will have to go.

Magician 05-01-2018 10:29 PM

My neighbor just bought a Tesla model 3... he's going to let me drive it!

NeilBlanchard 05-02-2018 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 567253)
The Model S had an aero wheel option as well, which made a significant improvement on highway efficiency.

Tesla ended up cancelling the option because hardly anyone wanted it.

You can lead a fashion-conscious horse to unusual-looking water...

The aero wheels are standard on the Model 3, so you have to pay extra to lose range.

Narrow wheels would be a bridge too far on a Tesla, I think. They have way too much performance to work well with narrow tires. I think the stock Michelin tires are low rolling resistance.

Magician 05-02-2018 12:59 PM

I think most city slickers aren’t too worried about range... Tesla seems to have what’s needed and why my neighbor saved up for it.

MetroMPG 05-02-2018 01:40 PM

Magician - post back once you've had a chance to try it!

Quote:

Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard (Post 568488)
The aero wheels are standard on the Model 3, so you have to pay extra to lose range.

Wonderful!


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