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Tesla battles new brake failure claim in China, owner admits story is fabricated

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Tesla’s battle with the FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) campaign in China continues after a Model X owner claims the brakes on his all-electric SUV are faulty. The man was caught admitting that the story is fabricated, telling local media that “I know my car has nothing wrong with it.”

Over the past several months, Tesla has been sparring with owners in China who appear to be a part of an effort to derail the company’s momentum in the country. It all started a couple of months ago at the Shanghai Auto Show when a woman invaded Tesla’s booth at the event by jumping on top of a Model 3 and claiming that her brakes had failed during a drive with her father. The drive ended in an accident, and she blames it on Tesla’s “faulty brakes.”

She was sentenced to serve a few days in jail and has made every attempt to make her case as public as possible. She has gone as far as spraypainting the car as it sat outside of a Tesla showroom in China and has also denied any attempt that Tesla has made to resolve the issue. The automaker published a lengthy statement in May, indicating that it had offered to pay for a third-party company to assess the potential of a brake issue while paying for the study. She denied this and also said that data released by the automaker, which proved that the owner’s father, who was driving the vehicle at the time, traveled at excessive speeds during the journey and also had utilized the brakes successfully many times in the moments leading up to the accident, could have been fabricated or tampered with by Tesla.

Tesla says ‘brake failure’ protestor vandalized Model 3, refused third-party testing

This hasn’t been the only instance, and those who have decided to turn against the automaker have made it abundantly clear that there will be more attempts in the future to claim that Tesla’s vehicles are faulty and dangerous.

Model X Owner claims faulty brakes, Tesla responds

Now, a Model X owner in China named Mr. Wen is claiming that his vehicle has faulty brakes and is demanding that Tesla provide him with a newly refreshed Model X.

According to a statement on Tesla’s Weibo page, Wen suffered an accident in his vehicle, and Tesla reached out to him to figure out the issue. “At present, the initial remote diagnosis of the cause of the vehicle alarm is the right front wheel speed sensor, and the vehicle used by Mr. Wen at the time of failure…may be due to contamination of the wheel speed sensor or damage to the sensor line,” Tesla said (via @Ray4Tesla). “Mr. Wen’s vehicle has traveled more than 175,000 kilometers, which has exceeded the vehicle warranty.”

Tesla then suggested that the vehicle be towed to a Service Center in China so that it could be examined to determine the reason for failure and fixed properly. However, Wen has continued to drive the car over 800 kilometers, Tesla says, and has gone as far as claiming on the internet “that the vehicle has failed and it was dangerous.”

Tesla says it hopes that Mr. Wen will allow the company to conduct inspections and repair the car so it can be used normally as soon as possible.

Mr. Wen admits to media that “I know my car has nothing wrong with it”

According to Tesla, the blog Teslabot broke a recording of Mr. Wen admitting that the car has no issues. In a series of statements, he said, “I know my car has nothing wrong with it,” and “The coil is aging, or it is worn during the car wash. This is suspected to be the problem, my car will not have any major problems.”

Wen said that he didn’t have money to find media exposure and that “If you don’t make trouble, you can defend your rights normally, our police station will not participate.”

According to the post on Weibo, the media outlet Henan Guan Lei TV has deleted all of the reports of Tesla vehicle issues in China.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that those who have claimed that Tesla’s vehicles have issues have admitted that their story was fabricated. It’s actually happened on several occasions, with many of the perpetrators admitting that their issues were made up for media attention.

Tesla has also battled falsified and non-verified reports of lackluster sales figures. Most recently, a claim that indicated Tesla’s registrations in China in May had reduced by 50% was shrugged off by the Secretary General of the Chinese Passenger Car Association.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below, or be sure to email me at [email protected] or on Twitter @KlenderJoey.

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Tesla Model S Plaid Needs Software Update To Hit 200 MPH

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A lot of great things can be said about the Tesla Model S Plaid and the numbers it came with. Though its incredible sprint to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) time is a bit questionable, I think we all can agree that the other numbers mentioned during the delivery day were doable by the time owners receive their silent luxury sedan. Well, except the 200 mph (322 km/h).

According to the Tesla Model S Plaid configurator: “The indicated Plaid top speed requires proper wheels and tires which will be available in Fall 2021.” 

This means if Model S Plaid owners would want to reach the declared top speed, they would need to wait until September. But that doesn’t mean that their nearly $130,000 electric vehicle won’t arrive with the proper gears needed for such incredible speeds.

According to MotorTrend, Tesla said that the Model S Plaid is already equipped with the necessary wheels and tires; it’s the software that isn’t available yet.

To reach 200 mph, Model S Plaid buyers need to choose the optional 21-inch Arachnid wheels that come standard with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. The automaker said that this combination of alloy and rubber has been validated to reach the claimed top speed.

Then again, before the needed software update, the Model S plaid is only limited to 163 mph (262 km/h) even when equipped with the $4,500 21-inch wheels.

Not that these numbers aren’t impressive, though. Add the fact that the Model S Plaid can already do a 9.24-second quarter mile at 152 mph (249 km/h), which is on par with the Bugatti Chiron, McLaren P1, and Dodge Challenger Demon.

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Tesla taps new glass supplier for Plaid Model S

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Tesla has tapped a new type of automotive glass from supplier AGP for the Plaid Model S, invoking the thought that everything, even the finest details of the vehicle, was considered a possible improvement for the company’s rebirth of the all-electric, flagship sedan.

Many months ago, Teslarati stumbled across a list of Tesla’s suppliers through international connections. These suppliers were shipping massive volumes of whatever product they were giving to Tesla on cargo ships, and we noticed that there was a company called AGP that was shipping windshields and other automotive glasses to the company’s Fremont Factory.

It turns out that AGP has been providing Tesla with automotive glass for several years. Back in 2016, AGP provided glass for the Model X’s panoramic roof and windshields. However, Tesla utilized AGC Automotive’s windshields for its cars, according to Investopedia.

AGP is a Peru-based company that specializes in all types of automotive glass, but what they’ve done for Tesla is especially interesting. The company has been in business for 50 years, but just like everything else, it changes, and the automotive industry is no different. As electric vehicles have become more mainstream, technologies surrounding the development of these new, sustainable automobiles are popping up left and right. AGP’s eGlass for electric and autonomous vehicles is no different.

Now, AGP says on its website that it collaborates “closely with the companies that are leading the new wave of the electric and autonomous vehicles of tomorrow.” When I first stumbled across AGP many months ago on the cargo ship list for Tesla, there was no indication that there was an official partnership, so I looked into it a tad further. I reached out to AGP and received a response that thanked me for my inquiry but refused to confirm or deny whether it was in any sort of professional relationship with Tesla. Ironically, AGP gave the answer we needed, because responding to me was all I needed to know.

Many may ask, “What’s the significance of what glass Tesla is using on its cars?” There are plenty of automotive glass suppliers out there that are worth their weight in gold, providing high-quality windshields and windows for vehicles on the road. Of course, consumers are going to want something that is relatively high quality, because nothing is worse than driving behind a tractor-trailer on the Interstate, just to have a chip or small crack on your windshield from something as tiny as a pebble. While strength is undoubtedly a need for all windshields, EVs require a slightly different bit of development.

One of the biggest focuses for EVs is their drag coefficient. Why is it so important? Because aerodynamics are crucial to the performance, range, and effectiveness of electric vehicles. As high-quality, long-range batteries are hard to come by in the EV sector, manufacturers look for every advantage they can get to achieve robust range ratings. While Tesla is the leader in EV range figures, the company is still looking for ways to get all of its vehicles to or near the 400-mile threshold.

Aerodynamics are a great way to do that. And Tesla undoubtedly worked extremely hard to achieve the best-in-class drag coefficient of .208, beating out the Lucid Air’s impressive .21 coefficient.

We knew aerodynamics was going to be a big part of the Plaid Model S when it was spotted at the Nürburgring two years ago. The vehicle was sporting a large spoiler, a huge rear diffuser, and the new eGlass from AGP is just another addition to Tesla’s attempts to make the Plaid Model S the most aerodynamic vehicle in its lineup.

A blue Tesla Model S Plaid unit with new aeros attacks the Nurburgring. (Photo: Stefan Baldauf/Auto Motor Uund Sport)

We finally confirmed that AGP was providing the highly aerodynamic and EV-specific automotive glass to the Model S Plaid thanks to Tesla Raj, who took a picture of the manufacturer’s sticker on the window of the all-electric sedan at Tesla’s Delivery Event on June 10th. This all confirmed Teslarati’s discovery of AGP in its supplier list several months ago and also confirmed that the two companies had a partnership, despite AGP’s unwillingness to provide a comment (which we understood why!)

It makes me think about what Elon Musk may have needed to work on for the final week of Plaid development. When he had announced that the event was going to be delayed a week due to “tweaks,” I wondered whether it was software or hardware. While it was likely a software fix that needed to be addressed, it could have been related to the drag coefficient, which Tesla proudly displayed at the Plaid Event on the 10th. Nevertheless, the vehicle has finally been released to pre-orderers, and the fastest production car that has ever run the 1/4-mile drag is here, and it’s taking down anything in its path.

A big thanks to our long-time supporters and new subscribers! Thank you.

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Watch The First Flying Race Car Make Its Maiden Flight

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Back in February, Alauda Aeronautics introduced the Mk3 – an unmanned flying race car that aims to take motorsports to the skies, literally. It was announced then that a full-scale electric flying racing series will commence this year.

The Australian company fulfills that promise by kicking off the first flight of the Alauda Mk3 flying car in Southern Australia. You may watch the maiden flight via the video above, immortalized in images through the gallery below.

The flight of the Alauda Mk3 is a precursor to the Airspeeder EXA series of three unmanned flying car races set to happen globally this year. The exact locations of these flying car races aren’t disclosed at this point, though.

Remotely controlled via a simulator that mimics the dynamics and ergonomics of the Mk3 cockpit environment, the Airspeeder EXA will be the proving ground for the world’s first crewed electric flying car races. It will serve as a vital technical test-bed for teams and the perfect space to develop pilot skills.

Alauda aims to launch the Airspeeder manned flying car racing series across the globe by 2022.

Designed by Alauda Aeronautics, the Mk3 is said to draw its design inspiration from the racing cars of the ’50s and ’60s. It’s an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) craft that weighs only 287 pounds (130 kilograms) unladen and can carry up to 176 lbs (80 kg), which makes it ready for future manned races.

The Alauda Mk3 is fully electric, with its motors producing up to 429 horsepower (320 kilowatts) – comparable to what an Audi SQ7 can produce. It can accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 2.8 seconds and can climb up to 1,640 feet (500 meters). The Mk3 vehicle has a thrust-to-weight ratio of 3.5.

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Tesla Model S Plaid gets its first fuel efficiency rating from the EPA

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The brand new Tesla Model S Plaid has finally been listed on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, sporting an impressive 101 eMPG rating with 348 miles of all-electric range. The configuration mistakenly lists 2-inch wheels for the efficiency figures, but it can be determined this rating is for the 21″ Arachnid wheels, as the only other option is the 19″ Tempest wheels.

Tesla has talked about the Model S Plaid for nearly two years, as its first appearance was in late 2019 when the automaker took the tri-motor flagship sedan to the notorious Nürburgring in Germany. It was finally delivered to customers on June 10th at a dedicated delivery event at Tesla’s Fremont factory after several months of delays due to refinements and tweaks, CEO Elon Musk said.

Tesla Model S Plaid with ‘practically alien’ tech unleashed: 1000 hp, lowest drag coefficient, and PS5-level gaming

Now that the Model S Plaid has started being delivered to customers, the EPA is releasing ratings for the vehicle. They differ drastically from the ratings that appeared on the Model S Plaid’s Monroney sticker, which was seen on the day of the event. The sticker listed the vehicle with 120 MPGe, an average of the 124 city and 115 highway miles the vehicle was listed as having. These figures actually match the 2021 Model S Long Range’s Monroney sticker, which sports 405 miles of all-electric range, the best in Tesla’s currently available lineup.

Credit: EPA

According to the EPA, the Model S Plaid is listed with 348 miles of range, an impressive figure considering the vehicle’s world-class performance. The Model S Plaid recently broke the production record for the fastest 1/4-mile drag in the world, beating out the previously crowned Bugatti Chiron Sport with a time of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 158 MPH. The Model S Plaid ran a 9.247 with a top speed of 152.09 MPH at the Famoso Dragway in Bakersfield, California.

The Model S Plaid is a marvel of automotive engineering, and its impressive efficiency specs can be attributed to several things. Initially, a bulk of the credit can be given to the best-in-class battery cells that Tesla utilizes for its vehicles, packing more range, power, and performance than any other EV manufacturer can offer. Additionally, Tesla’s focus on aerodynamics, which resulted in the Model S Plaid having the best drag coefficient of any vehicle on Earth. The .208 coefficient is better than the previous record of .21, which was held by the Lucid Air.

The Model S Plaid is currently available on Tesla’s website for $129,990, and offers a lightning-fast 1.99-second 0-60 MPH time, although some have said it’s actually quicker than that. Its estimated delivery date will have orderers waiting no longer than a few weeks. Tesla still has the estimated delivery date as June, but that could change as the month is coming to a close.

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