Why Tesla Model S is not suitable for sporting use?

Driving Tesla Model S revealed problems with the cooling

Why Tesla Model S is not suitable for sporting use?

No matter how close we think of a future that will be dominated by electric cars and how would not have developed in the last few years, with the attendant technology, reminder that the problems facing the engineers do and they will continue to leave no chance for idealists.

For example, take a racing car Tesla Electric GT Championship. Prepared by a team of American electric car was able to make only a half circle at the Formula 1 track at full power before overheating.


Electric GT is a sports series a few years ago we started the development of small-scale electric racing cars approved by the FIA (International automobile Federation). The series uses a modified Tesla Model S P100D with 778 horsepower and 995 lb-ft of torque. On Monday it was announced that focus on the work done, the team will not be in the plans laid for the extension of the racing fleet and attract a greater number of manufacturers of electric vehicles with more powerful cars over the next five years.


The plans are ambitious, but they apparently will have to postpone indefinitely, since this statement was made following the fiasco:


Racer and ex Top Gear presenter TIFF needle was allowed to test the serial of the racing car (this is especially emphasized in the message) on the track the F1 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The automobile journalist was struck by how tech designed this racing car. “He’s half a ton lighter street counterpart!”, said needle.


However, the race for the racer did not last long, all messed up, overheating, sent the car back to the pit stop after one and a half circles in the “gas pedal to the floor”.

Needle noticed a power drop of the car after six laps and drove back to the pit lane. The battery cells Tesla has warmed up so much that I had to resort to the injection of fresh air by means of special fans, remembers the moment the racer.

Lap length “Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya” a little less than 4.6 km away, which means the car has passed about 7 km at full power and “blown away.” Not a lot for two years painstaking preparation of the car a highly qualified engineers. They will have to strengthen the system of heat removal from the batteries that is likely to lead to weight gain electric car racing. This, in turn, will become a serious obstacle in the course of the competition, because in the race on account of each kilogram.



According to the official representatives of the racing team to overheating has led to several factors:

1.The car was parked all day in the sun

2.The car was first held such a serious test on the track (to the point of overheating it drove around the track for half a day)

3.A problem encountered in one of the sensors monitors the temperature in the battery pack. This did not allow the air conditioning system when to turn on.


The damage was eliminated. The test will continue.


The spokesman also stressed that the Model S will use full power (778 HP) only when overtaking, for this the pilot needs to activate a special algorithm. In other cases, the wheels will go to 470 HP It should be part of the strategy and shows.

What is the conclusion from the above? Yes, the one that we announced in the beginning: “Electric cars are far from ideal”.