Drifting the Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 on the beach
We did it for our readers
Once you are in a hotel crammed with some of the top motoring journalists of Europe, you try to behave. You know, mind your table manners, try not to pick your nose and so on. And drive the cars participating in the test properly. Keeping the rules of dining etiquette is no challenge for us. If we try hard we can even stop picking our nose. As for driving properly…
You know, we were not meant to have fun while pushing the pedal to the metal. We only did it for you, dear readers. To be able to tell you what it feels like to broadside the most interesting electric cars of our day. To test how the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross (made in Hungary) handles. To tell you what the Jaguar F-Type feels like when it loses grip in tight corners. To take nice pictures for you.
But unfortunately we failed. We had FUN! Please forgive us. Especially as we are not allowed to tell you a single word about the BMW i3 - there’s an embargo on it. But I can tell you, drifting the Tesla was a very strange experience. It has a lot of power, but there’s no engine noise and it takes time to get used to the fact that you can’t rely on the engine sound to indicate when the tires lose grip.
It's hard to believe but we might have been the first European journalists to drift these electric cars. Consumer Reports of America have drifted the Tesla Model S before, but that happened on another continent.
Even the BMW i3 has been seen doing powerslides, but it happened in Sweden, during BMW's testing sessions.
The truth is, though we hooned with four cars, we were quite restrained as there were many drives we did not take for a spin. We didn’t have time for the following RWD and 4WD cars: the BMW X5 and 4-series, the Lexus IS, the Maserati Ghibli, the Mercedes-Benz S-class, the Porsche Cayman, the Range Rover Sport, the Skoda Octavia 4x4, and the Toyota RAV4. But I am sure if we had drifted all of them, we would have been banned from Tannisby.