Add one more feather to the proverbial cap of the Tesla Model S. Road & Track West Coast Editor Jason Cammisa figured out how to make the electric luxury sedan extra frisky and then set about nuking the rear tires with electric-motor torque.

"Holy hell there's a lot of torque here," Cammisa wrote in his notes after pulling a fuse that took the ABS, stability control and traction control offline. That fuse also took out the speedometer and air suspension – no big deal – but power steering and brake assist went out, too, making hooning a parking-lot-only affair.

The best part is that they shot a video to accompany the hijinks, so you can see for yourself how the Model S does. If you want to try it for yourself, just be careful.

"There's no rev-limiter to contend with," notes Cammisa, and that means "you'll be spinning tire up to the car's 132-mph top speed." That makes the Model S capable of blowing tires very effectively. The upside to disabling the assistance systems is that the raw dynamics of the car show through, and Cammisa reports that the underlying car is very good, indeed. You've waited long enough, scroll down for the video.



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      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could the future of drifting be electric?
        mazeroni
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        100% torque at 0 rpm? Yes, absolutely.
          wtrmlnjuc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mazeroni
          Definitely, and then what was only done in video games and cartoons in terms of drifting would be able to be done now. Imagine a future where you no longer swap out turbochargers, filters, etc. and instead you change entire motors and battery packs. It feels weird.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mazeroni
          Drift cars do not spend any appreciable amount of time at 0rpm. They enter the course at speed.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mazeroni
          This would be helpful for starting donuts. Drifting is done when the car is already moving.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        Not for a while at least. You can buy an entire gas drivetrain for the price of just the battery in an EV drift car and it'll still have more torque at the wheels than the EV.
        EvilTollMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        It'd be the 'DSG' , if you will, of drifting
      Eric
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a lot of systems hinging on one fuse...
        j0nny5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eric
        They called it a fuse; in actuality, it's probably a relay, which is a much more robust thing.
          icemilkcoffee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @j0nny5
          I am going to guess that it is not one relay, but a bundled up pack of 5 or 6 relays that you could plug or unplug all at once.
      shazzam
      • 2 Years Ago
      definitively no Prius
        vegasstyleguy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @shazzam
        This thing would slip G in a Prius' drink and not bother to shoot a dirty video while it was out. It's Baaadaaass!
      handbraaaake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did anyone else turn up the volume to hear the engine and then was like "oh..."?
      VŁĒX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lemme tell you something you might not know Joe Roegan... I smoke tires.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pulling the fuse turns off the power steering and brakes on a 4700lb car and I'm supposed to believe Cammisa then tracked it and reported that the raw dynamics of the car are very good. Somehow I think he may be extrapolating a lot more info from a tiny bit of driving is really going to track a 4700lb car with steamroller tires and no power steering or brakes for a long enough time to really get a feel for its dynamics.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      In summary: GREENIES=FUN> whiners=no fun.
      upx42
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tesla should have a switch to turn off traction control... perhaps it'll be in the next firmware upgrade ?!
        Klep
        • 2 Years Ago
        @upx42
        I'd be very surprised if they ever did, but it is pretty awesome that there's no reason they couldn't. (Welcome to the FUTURE. As long as they never take away features like Sony with the PS3/Linux debacle...)
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @upx42
        I'm thinking they don't have it at launch because of, you know, safety concerns.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wtrmlnjuc
          And yet all kinds of other cars manage to ship with TC off switches despite massive amounts of power and torque. You can turn TC off on a Corvette ZR1, why not a Tesla Model S?
        Robert.Boston
        • 2 Years Ago
        @upx42
        In the current software (v4.0), you can disable Traction Control. You can't, though, disable Stability Control or ABS, and I think all three would need to be off to really smoke a burnout.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Sergio526
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah, because if you're not going to have zero emissions 100% then you might as well get a 1MPG guzzler that leaks gasoline into the street while you drive. Why can't people just be happy that emissions are lower? Why does it have to be all or nothing?
        Klep
        • 2 Years Ago
        You don't even have to be a "greenie" to enjoy the Model S. As multiple reviewers have stated, it's not a great electric car, it's a great car that just happens to be electric.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      • 2 Years Ago
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        Felspawn
        • 2 Years Ago
        are you so jaded that you cant appreciate a nice burnout regardless of its source?
          m_2012
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Felspawn
          I care. Take you and your Prius somewhere else.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not really "emissions free". I mean something is burning.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only problem with this fabulous car is the fact that there's no engine roar... and that it's electric.
        v6sonoma
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        I felt the same. Without a growling exhaust it's just not the same. =(
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