Tuatara Supercar, Out Of Control Student Driver, Airborne Vehicle, Questionable Crash, Tesla Revenge, And Fast Fails
January 4th, 2019
Today on PND...
• The Newest Supercar Looks Good, Sounds…Different
• A Student Driver That Went A Little Too Far
• A Car That Goes Airborne And The Driver Walks Away
• A Case Of “He Said, She Said” When Driver Crashes Into A Home
• Tesla Owners Have Found A Way To Get Back At Pickup Drivers Blocking Charging Stations
• And Top 5 Fast Fails: Icy Road Edition
We've seen a prototype of SSC North America’s Tuatara before at Pebble Beach in 2018. But now, there's more than one and it was caught on video. This supercar is the successor to the Ultimate Aero which was the fastest production car for 3 years at 256 mph starting in 2007. SSC North America debuted the car in 2011 but nothing big happened with the project until now. It houses a 5.9-L twin-turbo V8 with twin air-to-water intercoolers and redlines at 8,800 rpm. It puts out 1,350 HP on 91 or 1,750 on E85 and thanks to the flat-plane crankshaft gives it a sound similar to Porsche 918 Spyder or McLaren P1. What do you think, are you a fan?
This guy is going to have to wait a while for his license. UK driving student Daniel Avory was driving in a car without insurance when he was pulled over. Instead of talking to the officers he decided to flee the scene. As if that wasn't enough he ended up leading police on a high-speed chase through narrow roads at 113mph. Turns out not only did he not get his license, but he got prison time and a driving ban instead. Ouch.
This is insane. And we're not sure how it happened...was the driver distracted, impaired, etc. All we know is the driver WALKED WAY from this crash. The driver appears to hit something on the side of the road which caused them to go airborne before crashing into the top of a tunnel and smashing to the ground. Talk about lucky!
Tell us what you think about this story. A driver of a Toyota Highlander was caught on a home security footage crashing into the house not once, but twice. The driver told the homeowner they were a victim of unintended acceleration (aka not at fault) but the homeowner said hold on, let's check into this.
Interestingly enough, there was a recall for this model year (2009-2010) for a pinned accelerator. However, Toyota sent technicians to look at the onboard data and claims there was never any record of anyone attempting to hit the brakes. So...who’s lying…?
Electric car owners seem to be getting a lot of flack lately. The latest involves gasoline-powered vehicles, mainly pickup trucks, that have been intentionally blocking the Supercharger stations for electric cars in a trend that is called "ICE-ing". Not only are they blocking the charging station, but some incidents go as far as to verbally harass the EV owners. What some people might not realize is that these electric cars are ridiculously heavy due to their huge battery packs, and they also pack a whole lot of instant torque. The lightest the Tesla X has ever been was a whopping 5,072 lbs. back when the company still sold it with a 60D battery.
Posted by Tesla Trip YouTuber, Patrick Lawson, a Tesla Model X 90D owner, wanted to try out a "De-ICE-ing" experiment. His sister recently bought a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 that weighs about 5,104 lbs., and he wanted to see if he could tow the full-sized pickup truck out of a Supercharger station. The experiment took place at an empty charging station in Loveland, Colorado. For the test, he even decided to pull the emergency brake while the vehicle was parked. As you can see in the video, the Model X towed the truck away from the Supercharger within minutes and with ease. While it seems like icy conditions may have favored the situation, it is possible for one of these cars to De-ICE the Supercharger station the next time somebody blocks it. Probably not recommended, but if push comes to shove, it's good to know that it can be done.