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Tesla Model S Goes Drifting w/video

NOB Taniguchi gets (sorta) sideways in the all-electric sedan at a D1 Grand Prix event

Alex Nishimoto
Apr 21, 2015

The Tesla Model S is a beast in a straight line, but can it drift? A new video from Japan shows that the EV sedan isn't half bad at hanging the tail out.

The video from Odaiba, Tokyo, shows a Tesla Model S of unknown spec participating in a drifting event. Piloting the Tesla is race car driver and pro drifter Nobuteru Taniguchi, who won the first D1 Grand Prix championship in 2001. The Model S has no problem breaking the tires loose thanks to the instant torque from the electric motor. The car slides through the first sweeper, but doesn't get totally sideways. In an interview after the run, Taniguchi says the stock car doesn't have enough steering angle to be a proper drift car. However, he says he was surprised how fun the car is to drift.

2017 Tesla Model S
$69,500 Base Model (MSRP) MPG Fuel Economy

Check out the video below to watch the all-electric sedan shred some tires.

By Alex Nishimoto
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