We all know the scene from a James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” in which Her Majesty’s secret agent drives a Lotus Esprit underwater. Consequently, many pictures of accidents emerged as drivers sunk their cars in water and found that they were no longer roadworthy. That also applies to the photos and videos of floods. Cars parked on the streets at the time of the rain very often fall victim to water damage.
In contrast, videos, in which people filmed Tesla cars as they drove through deeply flooded streets and then came out safely at the end, have recently appeared repeatedly. As a response, Tesla owner Elon Musk then claimed that his electric cars could even swim for a short time. Now, a YouTuber has decided to take Musk at his word. He plans to find out how far you can go underwater in a Tesla. Of course, Tesla does not recommend such an experiment, but short underwater distances are supposedly possible.
The personality behind the YouTube channel “Chillin’ with Chet” wants to cause a stir and he has undoubtedly succeeded with such claims. Moreover, he had previously completed a comparison of a Tesla against a Porsche Taycan and that video has already received tens of thousands of views on YouTube. The new campaign should undoubtedly top that if it succeeds. Chet searched for ideas and now picked the one that promises to generate the most attention. So now it’s time to implement the concept in which the Tesla Model S is to become a real submarine.
For the experiment, the YouTuber wants to submerge his car underwater, so there had to be some adjustments for the vehicle to stay grounded under the surface. For this purpose, specialists converted the Tesla so that its wheels touch the ground. After all, in order to successfully complete the test, they need traction to propel forward. Chet was willing to spend $170,000 to put this idea into practice. In interviews, Chet said that he hopes his plan would be met with great interest worldwide since a dive in an electric car is a spectacular sight. The idea is a deliberate popularity stunt for Chet’s YouTube channel as well.
Specialists from Gruber Motors are currently preparing the car for driving underwater. To do this, they use petroleum jelly, for example, to seal the most critical components of the vehicle against the ingress of water. The company has a lot of experience with Tesla models after they come into contact with water. A few years prior, the company had bought 22 Model S Teslas, which were damaged in a flood in the USA.
The planned distance for Chet’s underwater experiment will be 30 meters. However, if the adjustments are applied correctly, the car should not suffer any belated damage. Chet has already invited Tesla’s founder Elon Musk to participate in the video, and surprisingly Musk agreed be there when the experiment starts in Arizona.
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