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Joe Rogan surprised by “unacceptable” issue found in Tesla Model S

Published: 19/Mar/2020 18:55

by Alan Bernal

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The titular host of the Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) was confused after learning of a bizarre issue in the Tesla Model S spotted by ICON master craftsman Jonathan Ward.

Ward, a former-actor-turned-car-manufacturer, is known for his custom creations that marry old-fashioned vehicle builds with the power and tech of the modern age. As such, Ward was able to spot an “unacceptable” design flaw in the backseat of the premium Tesla that surprised Rogan.

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When it comes to cars, Rogan is no slouch, but even he was astounded about the complaint since it’s something that you really need to pay attention to in order to realize it.

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There’s an annoying problem with the Tesla Model S, according to Ward.

In the backseat of a Tesla Model S P100D, as Ward explained, the three-point shoulder seat belt retractor lets out a “cold breeze” while also letting through road noises that were prominent enough to detract from the car-riding experience.

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“Have you ever sat in the backseat?” Ward asked Rogan, probing to see if the host would have a context to the complaint. “The noise coming out of that third-point seat belt retractor is so unacceptable for modern car standards.”

Almost instantaneous to hearing the flaw, Rogan was baffled at the complaint. The podcast host admitted that he had actually never ridden in the backseat of his Model S, so it might have been a bit lost on him.

(Timestamp at 1:00 for mobile viewers)

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“This s**ts coming up through the plastic wheel well and a noise and a cold breeze is hitting your outward ear,” Ward explained. “Okay, how did this s**t happen? There’s a damn draft that comes up through there and you’re hearing road noise through it.”

While it might sound like a menial complaint, the context of the flaw and who noticed it is important to note.

Ward’s catalog of production models for his ICON brand start at around $160,000, and only ramps up from there. The builder takes high-quality parts and puts them together with time and precision, resulting in a product that’s made his family-owned business notable in the industry.

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Sitting in the backseat, Ward was able to notice the flaw in the Tesla Model S.

Tesla, the benchmark for a premium electric vehicle manufacturer, mass produces its top-of-the-line Model S at a base of around $74,000. So there were bound to be some discrepancies with the vehicle, especially under the lens for someone like Ward.

“For guys like us: yes, it’ll annoy the piss out of you,” Ward said.

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Top Gear’s Chris Harris slams “stupid” $625k Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Published: 8/Oct/2020 14:56 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:57

by Kieran Bicknell

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As presenter of BBC’s Top Gear, Chris Harris is living out his boyhood dream. Inevitably, once in a while a supercar is going to come along that really gets his back up, and it seems the brand new Ferrari SF90 Stradale has done exactly that.

Harris hasn’t always been a household TV name. Prior to joining Top Gear in 2016, Harris presented his own series on YouTube, along with writing for the likes of Autocar and Evo magazine in England.

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After a famous falling-out with Ferrari back in 2011 (which saw him banned from reviewing their cars for two years) it seems Harris is still on good terms with the Italian brand, but that may be about to change.

Unfortunately for Ferrari, Chris Harris is definitely not a fan of the new SF90 Stradale hybrid, not even in the top-range ‘Assetto Fiorano’ trim. Costing a whopping $625,000 without options, the SF90 represents a new direction for Ferrari. Sadly, it seems that it’s not a good direction, at least according to Harris.

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Chris Harris with Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano
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Harris was not a fan of Ferrari’s new flagship hybrid supercar, the SF90 Stradale.

Chris Harris reviews the Ferrari SF90 Stradale

He believes that supercar manufacturers are going down a “rabbit hole of performance,” chasing ever-decreasing 0-60 times and fighting for the fastest lap times possible. The SF90 seems to fall firmly into this category for Harris, and he wasted no time tearing into the apex supercar.

“The thing is undeniably impressive” he admitted when asked about his opinion on the car, but that’s about as much praise as he had. “It’s a vehicle you find yourself admiring rather than lusting after, it trades in applying forces to the body of the driver, that’s really it.”

The complexity of the SF90 is a big issue, as is the brutal performance. “It’s so fast, you don’t have time to understand what’s going on… it’s stupid” said Chris. He does admit that the characteristics of the car are “sensational” but they sadly don’t make up for its pitfalls.

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Practicality is a big concern too, as the location of the SF90’s electric motors in the front means that it can’t carry luggage. This transforms it from a car into a “toy” according to Harris, as there’s no practicality to it whatsoever.

The SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari”

While Ferraris are often lauded as the prettiest cars on the road, even styling can’t save the SF90. In his words, Chris said “it looks like it was styled by a computer, rather than some Italian bloke with a pencil… It’s lacking emotion.”

Summing up, Chris says despite the fact the SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari” its stablemate, the F8 Tributo, is far better.

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“Give me 500hp, 950kg, a manual gearbox, and maybe a little bit of electricity to get through town quietly and start-up quietly in front of my neighbors; Give me that, and that’s the car I want.”

Whether his harsh words will lead to another falling out with Ferrari is uncertain, but with many praising his honesty, it’s unlikely Harris is going to change any time soon.

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