By on July 16, 2018

Image: Imgur

Morning! How was your weekend? Good? Hope so. I caught up on some sleep after a week-long bout of insomnia, and many of you probably enjoyed backyard barbecues and romantic encounters and car shows under the hot July sun.

Consider yourself lucky. You could have had a weekend like the driver of this spankin’ new Tesla Model 3 — or the man behind the car’s badge. 

First, the story behind these photos, which were shared with the Tesla Motors subreddit by user StapleGun. The user’s wife was behind the wheel of the three-month-old Model 3 at the time of the accident. In his words:

She was traveling on the freeway at approximately 70mph in the left lane. The car collided with a second vehicle in the middle lane. The front driver side of the Model 3 then hit the cement median with enough force to shear the front wheel off. Then the slide sideways and started rolling. A witness said the car rolled “several times” before finally settling upside down. The other car also hit the median, though much less violently, and we believe the driver was uninjured.

Several good people immediately stopped and helped her. Surprisingly the drivers side window rolled down (actually up) and the door was able to be opened with the normal button (as opposed to the emergency release). She initially thought she was fine but was convinced to head to the hospital in an ambulance as a precaution. Turns out that was a good idea because there was a compression fracture in one of her vertebrae. They released her after a few hours and she is recovering well. There was also several bruises, a small friction burn from the airbags, and general soreness the day after.

We’re glad to hear the driver’s 70 mph rollover was something she was able to walk away from. As the user states — and as the pictures show — the car’s structure remained intact, with all airbags functional and no cabin intrusion. Good stuff. (See the full photo set here.)

Image: Imgur

The Model 3 hasn’t yet undergone comprehensive crash testing, so this is a good, real-world look at how the vehicle holds up when you need it to. As you can imagine, Fred was ecstatic.

But while the owners of this Model 3 look forward to their next vehicle (another Model 3), the man tasked with cranking out these vehicles at an ever greater clip took time out from a hectic production schedule to call one of the Thailand cave rescuers a pedophile. Only natural, some of his sycophantic followers stated on Twitter. After all, the other guy said he didn’t like Elon’s experimental boy submarine. What else was he to do except accuse the man of sex crimes on social media? It’s 2018.

No, we’re not standing in a urine-soaked playground here, but it’s definitely a childish pissing match — one that just turned bizarre and libelous. The Washington Post wrote a masterfully succinct take on the head-scratching affair.

What was Musk thinking? What was going on in his immediate environs this weekend? And what does this bizarre accusation, seemingly made out of spite, do for his company’s reputation and investors’ faith in it? Nothing good, that’s for sure. Musk has since deleted the accusatory tweets, in which he said he was willing to bet money on British caver Vernon Unsworth’s status as a predatory child abuser. A man he admits he’s never met. A cave expert who said Musk’s cave submarine would be unsuitable for the rescue of 12 trapped Thai boys.

According to The Guardian, Unsworth was “astonished and very angry” after reading Musk’s tweets, and is considering taking legal action.

The weekend got off to a rocky start for Musk, after reports arose that the Tesla CEO was a major Republican donor. Musk denied being a top GOP donor, or ever donating to a Super PAC, claiming he makes small donations to both major political parties as a way of maintaining dialogue. In today’s current political climate, these reports caused quite a hubbub.

But we sure weren’t talking about the GOP or political donations yesterday. Talk about changing the channel. As of publishing time, Musk has not issued (or tweeted) an apology or explanation for his “pedo” tweets.

[Images: Imgur, via Reddit]

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41 Comments on “Tesla Model 3 Rollover Mirrors Elon Musk’s Weekend...”


  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Is it my imagination, or is there an image on the giant touchscreen? Is it still on? Also, the Model 3 hasn’t even been crash tested yet?

    Also, I hope that diver does sue Musk. It’s ridiculous that Musk would say something like that, just because the guy explained that the mini-sub was of no use in the rescue.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      The diver was a bit of a d*ck about the submarine idea in the interview, but calling him a child molester in response is ridiculous.

      But we live in ridiculous times I guess.

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        “The diver was a bit of a d*ck about the submarine idea in the interview”

        only to the average American who can’t bear to hear a truthful statement unless it’s candy-coated to the point of ineffectiveness.

        • 0 avatar
          ajla

          I don’t think declining to say “stick his submarine where it hurts” is candy-coating.

          Saying “Elon doesn’t know what he’s talking about” is one thing saying “Elon doesn’t know what he’s talking about and he can stick it up his a$$” is another.

        • 0 avatar
          Carroll Prescott

          Had Muskrat actually looked at the cave and the up and down sharp changes in direction, he’d have known that his five foot sub was not going to work at all. Muskrat is one arrogant fool. He got blasted like he deserved and he should be forced out of his company for issuing the pedo comment – that is no less offensive than calling someone the “n” word. However, one group gets their nose out of joint on a perpetual basis.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      Nice to see that glossy screen didn’t turn into shrapnel during the impact. But how can these cars even be on the road if they haven’t been crash tested yet?

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        I looked at NHTSA’s website, and indeed, no ratings for the Tesla Model 3 showed up. All I found was “Not Yet Rated.” Weird. I don’t see how it could be sold without government crash testing. By the looks of this, it should have no trouble passing, but still.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Maybe it comes on when a door is opened. It looks like a T.V. from a college dorm room tacked on the dash.

      But, at least the car performed well in the crash. Kudos to Tesla.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Also, the alloy wheels look better without those wheelcovers.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Why does anyone have a Twitter account?

    I get why some people might want a YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook, but Twitter only seem to ever cause controversy, drama, and ruin for its user base.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/07/15/elon-musk-insisting-he-helped-in-thai-cave-rescue-calls-actual-rescuer-a-pedo/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.234757e367fd

    Musk’s curious public displays are strangely reminiscent of another high profile individual with a loyal following. I wonder if this borrowing from another’s playbook in intentional.

    But good crash-worthiness engineering on the part of Tesla. That’s quite a wreck. The Model S that rear-ending a *fire truck* at 60mph also did a great job at protecting the driver and circumventing Darwinian selection.

  • avatar
    jalop1991

    “Woman Crashes Car, Rolls It On Freeway”

    if this were a Honda Civic, you wouldn’t even have seen the headline, let alone read the story–let alone written a blog post about it.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    Musk is an arrested adolescent. Unless he could shrink the Wild Boars and their coach and put them aboard a “Fantastic Voyage” sized sub, he was just grandstanding. Under the circumstances it was a low rent move.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    As I said before, the only thing I regret is that Musk is not inside the car that is floating in space as we speak.

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    So what’s the Truth, our Truthnik Droogy? That Model 3 is a frigging amazing car? Sure looks like it to me.

    Notice how the anon hubby(?) says the wife “was traveling on the freeway at approximately 70mph” but it was the “car” that “collided with a second vehicle”. How about taking some responsibility here, hubby – the wife caused her vehicle to collide with another vehicle? That’s truthful.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      I thought of that too. Seems carefully worded to avoid blaming her. Obviously, one or the other didn’t stay in their lane, yet that fact is suspiciously avoided in the account of events. Two cars traveling in separate lanes don’t hit each other without at least one of them leaving their lane.

      It could have just as easily been the other driver’s fault, and for all we know, it may have been. But, his story of what happened felt like it was being delivered as damage control by a politician. Yes, this happened, can’t deny that, but be damned if we’ll admit to more than that!

      • 0 avatar
        forum1

        I also felt it was carefully worded. Sure there is the logic that if it was the other driver’s fault then why not say so, but I can think of a number of reasons beyond self-incrimination that one might avoid getting into more detail in such a public forum. Be it just not wanting to point fingers publicly out of decency (I know how uncommon these days) or concern about libel laws (we see in the same article how Musk might want to brush up on them), siting fault is probably best left to the law enforcement and insurance company process. It’s also not clear to me if the husband was there or not. Depending on how far removed he was I can see more or less of a reason to avoid getting into the weeds. Or like has already been said, he just doesn’t want to spend a month sleeping on the couch. There is often more than one good reason to keep a mouth shut.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    No fire; I thought Tesla built deathtraps.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    It’s really hard to flip an EV, especially one with a battery weighing 1054 lbs in the floor. A dashcam video of this event would be impressive.

    Don’t forget the glass roof – the built-in rollbars performed quite well.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    Maybe the car was built in a tent, early on a Sunday morning.

  • avatar
    Carroll Prescott

    Tesla owners are snobs of the first order and Model 3 ones are blivetheads that are so arrogant and self righteous that they make Prius owners seem normal.

    I hope this fool got to experience every bounce in his Model 3.

    Now I bet he’ll whine that he won’t get another one for ages. Hope he gets a tent built one with the 300 fewer welds.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      For future reference, precisely which brand/model drivers do you actually respect?

      In this short thread, you’ve barfed on Tesla, Prius, and Honda drivers as a class, for their arrogance and/or driving ability.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        He was an advocate for Ford (that made me look like a casual observer by comparison) before they decided to cut money-losing cars. Now, he just hates everyone. He made quite a reputation for himself on AutoBlog under the name Laser. Makes Norm’s Honda hatred look mild. I honestly thought he was a teenager, given the maturity of his posts.

        You know, because he bought a Ford sedan in 1997, and that means they should still build them based on his undying support alone. They can count on one sale every 20+ years outta this guy, c’mon, that’s money in the bank! Why build trucks and utilities that make money? Stuoid business model.

        At least I, despite DW’s ranting, have plenty of respect for other car makers, and I’m actually considering a few different cars, should I decide to buy new/newish, and none are Fords.

        Admittedly, should I go for a pickup, there is little doubt that it will have a Blue Oval, however, a car is more likely. If I was as obsessed with Ford as Larry claims, there’s no way a Honda would be at the tip top of my list. There should be nothing BUT Ford products on it, were I as delusional as he likes to rant about. Certainly the Toyobaru shouldn’t be on my list, although it is unlikely I’d choose one for reasons stated elsewhere (but it IS on the “drive” list still). The FiST and FoST are arguably better than the Civic Si that currently holds the “most likely” title, but I prefer the Honda thus far. I may drive a FiST before deciding, but I have little doubt it would change my mind.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    Looks like that should just buff right out.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    I will reserve judgment until JohnTaurus throws his 20 to 50 individual comments in on this.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    “[Carroll Prescott] made quite a reputation for himself on AutoBlog under the name Laser. Makes Norm’s Honda hatred look mild. I honestly thought he was a teenager, given the maturity of his posts.”

    Holy sh*t! Not only does JohnTaurus spend approximately 9.78 hours per day/night on TTAC, but he manages to know other users by spending additional, massive amounts of time on other websites such as Autoblog, as well!!!

    I nominate JohnTaurus for Post Master General of the Internet!

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