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Noted In Passing: The Flying Tesla

It’s remarkable to see that Model S catch air because it’s a chonker of a car. It weighs in at almost 5,000 pounds or, to use more scientific units, two 2007 Honda Fits. Thanks to its battery pack, its center of gravity is low and near the middle. In fact, it’s a touch tail-heavy, with 52% of its weight in the back. How does a car that heavy get off the ground in the first place and, with a heavier tail, go nose-down during its ignominious flight?

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  • Mike Austin April 19, 2022, 7:50 AM

    I have some general advice to all Tesla owners:

    1. You are not Steve McQueen
    2. Your Tesla is not a V8 Ford Mustang GT Fastback
    3. You will never star in any remake of “Bullitt”

    As for those “crows” declaiming against flying elephants: Such a cartoon could never—ever—be made today, for it might upset some Hottentot somewhere, somehow, in some way. Now, we can’t have that, now can we?

    • Vanderleun April 19, 2022, 8:47 AM

      No indeed. But I am here to remind us all of our shared cultures.

      • Rob Muir April 19, 2022, 6:48 PM

        Our shared cultures are apparently only ours so long as our cultural “betters” allow it. Against the likelihood that in the future they will disallow it, I bought a number of probably verboten artifacts a while back: DVDs of Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp, Song of the South, etc.; Dr. Seuss books; and some traditional textbooks for history, geography, etc. My house may be targeted as a clandestine library for banned materials.

        • Vanderleun April 19, 2022, 9:02 PM

          Fahrenheit 420

        • azlibertarian April 20, 2022, 8:01 AM

          Speaking of verboten artifacts, Mrs. azlib put away several of the Aunt Jemima branded items when they went woke and transformed themselves into the Pearl Milling Company.

          • Mike Austin April 20, 2022, 8:10 AM

            Some 25 years ago while teaching in Argentina, I was walking with the principal down the High School hallway. Bounding up the stairs came Mike, the only black kid in the High School. He was an American, lazy but funny as anything. He was sporting an Aunt Jemima-type head covering. I said to him, “Hey Mike! What’s with the head scarf? Are you going to make pancakes for everybody?”

            Mike, the principal and I had one of the best laughs of our lives. Years later we all still laughed when we remembered it.

    • Jack April 20, 2022, 7:20 AM

      The message needs to be shared with all skinny jeans, light beard wearing millennials with tatts and man buns who drive a Prius, too. Particularly the electric Prius. They are the real killers, lol

  • DAN April 19, 2022, 8:24 AM

    damn MIKE you are really on top of your game today, for sure not steve mcqueen . kinda looked like the landing shook loose the battery terminals or whatever. funny thing up here in the great white north of BC.they installed a bunch of tesla charging stations 6 months ago & i have yet to see one single car plugged in to any of them. not going over very well up here in the frozen north!

  • gwbnyc April 19, 2022, 7:38 PM

    pro-ish driving, camera placements “advantageous”.

  • j_seigler@hotmail.com April 19, 2022, 10:53 PM

    Yeah, the nose down is easy. It’s because the rear wheels got the final “kick” from the ramp-like rise in the road, there.

    The front was already “falling” off of the ramp, before the rears even encountered the lift. Ass end up, there at the end.

    Much of this is solved with a sudden throttle boost when the front hits the ramp. Ask Evel Knevil. He’ll tell you. Or..oops, he won’t!

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  • Dirk April 20, 2022, 3:25 PM

    Why not mommy and daddy will by em a new one. What are the chances all the boys in the car wore man buns?, while their dates looked like men, Hairy armpits, and mustaches.

    Won’t be long, I expect these girly boys to be sporting fake eye lashes!.