Would you take your new $100,000+ electric car off-roading? Some people do it with their new Tesla Model X.
We have seen increasing use of the all-electric SUV off-road and the latest example comes from a Model X owner drifting off-road in the desert.
In another example earlier this year, we saw a Tesla Model X being used off-road as a tractor on a vineyard in Austria.
It was a strange yet interesting example of using a Model X as a work vehicle in a farming environment and we have seen other similar examples since.
But now we are talking about a pure recreative use off-road – more similar to my experience with the Nikola Zero electric UTV last month.
The Tesla Owners Club of Saudi Arabia sent us a cool video of a Model X drifting off-road in the Arabian desert, which makes for some impressive footage:
Saudi Arabia is known for some popular car stunts, especially driving on two wheels, but you need to be able to get enough momentum to almost flip the vehicle in order to do that and the Model X is almost impossible to flip thanks to its low center of gravity due to the battery pack.
Instead, they did the next best thing and drifted the vehicle in the desert, which is probably a less dangerous but nonetheless cool-looking stunt.
Tesla has yet to officially launch in Saudi Arabia, but the automaker has announced its intention to enter the market when it launched in the middle east earlier this year – starting with the United Arab Emirates.
The country has a significant automotive market, especially for luxury vehicles like Tesla’s, and evidently, buyers have already started to import vehicles without the help of Tesla.
That’s a practice that has been somewhat popular in markets where Tesla has yet to enter, but it comes with some significant drawbacks. Of course, the biggest problem is service. If Tesla has no service center in the market, it can be difficult to get your car serviced. Some end up shipping their car to another country or sometimes, Tesla offers to send out a technician.
Other problems, like charging, onboard internet services, and navigation, are sometimes more difficult or not available if Tesla is not officially supporting the market yet.
But it apparently doesn’t stop Saudis from drifting their Teslas in the sand. Looks like a ton of fun!
Update: Apparently, Tesla KSA club misappropriated the video and it’s actually in the Dubai desert dunes:
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