Electric car pioneer Tesla has released technical details of the advanced engineering and technology of it's Model S at the Detroit motor show today.
Ahead of the press conference in Detroit, however, Tesla published three videos via its official blog, which explained a few of the Model S’s hitherto unknown features.
As the videos show, the Model S - planned for production in mid-2012 - has a state-of-the-art, lightweight, high-strength aluminium architecture combining castings, stampings and extrusions, that promises class-leading body stiffness, with all the benefits in terms of ride, handling, refinement and crash performance implied.
Octagon-shaped aluminium chassis rail extrusions should give the car a particularly strong crumple zone in front-end collisions. Also, because there’s no piston engine to clear under the bonnet, Tesla’s had space to fit extra bracing between the Model S’ suspension turrets and front bulkhead, again bolstering overall rigidity.