The shooting brake has been commissioned by a businessman who wants more space in the Model S for his dogs

The world's first Tesla Model S Shooting Brake is now completed and fully operational - and this is the first picture of the finished car.

Created by British engineering firm Qwest, the model, named the P90D-SB, is based on the P90D and is said to be 14kg lighter than the standard car due to the use of carbonfibre in its custom built rear section.

The car remains connected to the Tesla network and therefore retains the digital systems of the regular Model S.

It is also claimed to offer identical performance, with a 0-62mph time of 2.8sec - making this the quickest estate car on sale, beating the previous champion, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid.

Qwest, based in Norfolk and led by managing director Dorian Hindmarsh, has been working on the Tesla shooting brake for more than a year. It will show the car in public at the London motor show this May.

 

 

The bespoke rear section of the car is made from carbonfibre by a specialist car part manufacturer that usually crafts Formula 1 car components. This is bonded to the car's aluminium chassis.

The project is the result of a conversation with an entrepreneur friend of Hindmarsh's who wanted a car with all the qualities the Model S brings but with more space to carry his dogs. The sloping roofline of the hatchback doesn’t allow enough room in its original form. 

 

 

The conversion in its simplest form costs around £70,000 to complete, excluding the cost of the donor car. Prices for other conversions will depend on individuals’ specifications. 

Qwest is the first company to produce an estate version of the Model S, but it is not the only company working on a design. A London-based design house has also revealed its plans for a Shooting Brake variant, which will produce 20 examples for a yet to be confirmed price.

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15 November 2017

Has hints of the previous generation Subaru Legacy Estate, even a bit of Civic Tourer. Not sure it needs to be faster than a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, that's pushing the boundaries of what can be called an estate.

TS7

15 November 2017

...and the pronounced haunch doesn't do it any favours to my eyes.

31 January 2018
No doubt nicely made but crudely designed. More craft than art.
The common mistake of thinking that what look like straight lines in car design are actually straight lines. They're not, as any close look at any of the cars from the 'folded paper' design period will confirm. Mk1, Golfs, Passats, & Scirrocos, S1 Lotus Esprits and S1 Volvo 760s are all made of subtle curves because actual straight lines look slightly bent. Perhaps the best example are the pre 1990s Rolls Royce radiator grilles, explained by Rolls Royce as being like the Geek Parthenon. No straight lines anywhere, in order to look like that's all there is. There's even a word for it. Entasis directly from the Greek.

15 November 2017

that dog is looking worried, he's going to endure a lifetime of being pinned to the rear hatch door glass.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

15 November 2017

Can you imagine in ludicrous mode the poor dog would be plastered to the back window like one of those suction pad Garfields

15 November 2017

If the owner keeps on going like this, his fortune will go faster that his car...

15 November 2017

Yes, he's had to put circa £160k into this car, but as a one off, of a car that in the future will be seen as a game changer and historically significant, I'd imagine the future price of it will be a fortune to the right museum or collector. 

29 January 2018
Phil R wrote:

Yes, he's had to put circa £160k into this car, but as a one off, of a car that in the future will be seen as a game changer and historically significant, I'd imagine the future price of it will be a fortune to the right museum or collector. 

LAMO!

If you don't look back at your car after you parked it, you own the wrong car.

15 November 2017

Flat roofline looks wrong to my eyes. Needs some curvature - but then you're eating into the dog's headroom. Catch22

MrJ

15 November 2017

Love Tesla, love estate cars. But this one looks plain ugly.

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