The 2012 Tesla Model S is still something of a mystery to most people. It’s an all-new car built in the place where Toyota used to make Corollas. It was designed by a company whose founder made most of his fortune on selling Paypal to eBay. How in the heck could any of it come together cohesively to form an even remotely competent electric luxury sports sedan?
Motor Trend‘s Wide Open Throttle YouTube program investigated, sending host Jessi Lang to cover the manufacturing processes behind building the Model S and editor Frank Markus to drive it. Lang goes to show how the recycled NUMMI plant that was once used by Toyota and General Motors jointly has been turned around, checking out how how the battery pack sits low in the Model S’s chassis and talking about the car’s unique features, including flush door handles and a whopping 17-inch flat-panel touchscreen for most of the car’s controls.
Then Markus goes on to put the Tesla Model S through its paces, calling it a car for car people—not just for electric car people. Stopping short of gushing, he calls it an impressive vehicle and says it drives more naturally feeling than what you’d get from most any other electric car out there.
As we’ve previously said, it looks like the Tesla Model S is definitely on the right track. We look forward to checking out how usable it is in the real world for ourselves.
Source: Motor Trend via YouTube