You can't say those Tesla Motors guys take any challenges sitting down.

In this case, the luxury battery-electric vehicle maker may be working on an upgraded suspension package for its top-of-the-line Model S sedan, according to Wired.

Tesla is testing a version that includes 21-inch rear wheels with tires that are a half-inch wider than the widest available now as well as upgraded links and bushings. The company, which hasn't said if such a system will be sold to the public, did say it was testing the improved suspension package, which was inspired in part by Tesla executives' rental of a McLaren supercar.

While the Model S has been lauded for its all-around performance, it did come up slightly short in a head-to-head comparison Inside Line conducted with a Porsche Panamera GTS last month. Inside Line wrote that the Model S "seems like a very good suspension tuning compromise" while noting that the Panamera's slalom handling was simply "unreal."


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      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      I appreciate their enthusiasm, but they need to focus on getting the manufacturing up to full speed. Get the cars into customers hands! Make some darn profit! I want to buy a GenIII, so you need to make the Model S and Model X successful.
        Jon
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        True but thats for the manufacturing dept to figure out. R&D doesnt need to sit idle in the mean time.
          Grendal
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Jon
          Ya got me there. Design! Improve! Tinker! Go R&D! Or focus on improving manufacturing with your design capabilities - just for a little while.
          Jon
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Jon
          I can tell you first hand design engineers hate working on manufacturing. Ask me how I know. :)
      Ashton Martin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Elon Musk's car had it when Wired "reviewed" the Model S. http://www.wired.com/reviews/2012/09/tesla-model-s/
      • 2 Years Ago
      What would be cool would be if the Model S had Bose's Active Suspension - it many ways, it'd be a perfect fit....
        Jon
        • 2 Years Ago
        Doesnt the Bose system take a lot of power though? Range would take a hit..
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Jon
          I'm not sure what the net power use is, but I do know that because the actuators are linear motors (essentially), it can actually recover some power from the road motion. In other words, instead of dissipating energy in the hydraulic fluid of a shock absorber, it converts the energy to current that can recharge the battery.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as it doesn't affect the overall manufacturing speed, then adding an ultra super suspension as an added package is just more choices for those that can afford it. Why not? I'm sure the active air suspension would be enough for me. I'd never take my Gen III or Model S on a track. It would be a nice addition for those that do.
        bluepongo1
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        It will most likely be the magnetic suspension that was exclusive to the Roadster R-type variant (from the second year production run for the focus group). By the way nice work keeping the trolls in check on some of the other threads!
        Rotation
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        Magnetorheological suspension would be a big boon for those who track the car and improve the ride too. Maybe that'll be an option later.
      purrpullberra
      • 4 Months Ago
      I would guess that might cost a lot since I think only Ferrari have licensed the tech from caddy. Does anything else outside GM use MR suspension? I certainly don't need anything but the air suspension. (Well the pano roof and upgraded stereo too, not sure about leather yet.)
      Grendal
      • 4 Months Ago
      Don't forget the integrated wine bar. Land Rover had one of those.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      It will be interesting to see what number of cars they have completed in their Q3 report.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      This just in: The Chevy Volt (angels sigh) adds a cup holder for 2013
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      Note that the car in the "head-to-head comparison" (which it wasn't really) with the Panamera last month already had the wide rear tires and thus probably the suspension too.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Thanks for bringing that up. I pointed it out in the previous post, and didn't think anyone noticed... http://green.autoblog.com/2012/08/31/inside-line-pits-tesla-model-s-against-porsche-panamera-gts/ The Model S that was tested by Inside Line and Motor Trend had tires that weren't stock. http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/9812-Inside-Tesla-08-21-12
          purrpullberra
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Do you know if those were the same car? I honestly can't remember. Seems only performance versions might want/need this though.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Speaking of potential upgrade/tuning, did any one see [news.discovery.com/tech/sweet-sugar-batteries-120927.html] more future tech?! The trolls don't realize the EV ball is rolling and you can't fight the future. The more choices = more competition = cheaper replacement batteries
      Ashton Martin
      • 4 Months Ago
      Acura had an ad a while back about MR tech
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