First Tesla Model S Shooting Brake almost completed by British firm

Tesla Model S estate in progress as coachbuilt one-off

The shooting brake has been commissioned by a businessman who wants more space in the Model S for his dogs

A British coachbuilding company has nearly completed the build of its first Tesla Model S Shooting Brake, which it has called the P90D-SB.

The car’s exterior is now completed and it has been started and moved. It remains connected to the Tesla network and therefore retains the digital systems of the regular car.

Qwest, based in Norfolk and led by managing director Dorian Hindmarsh, has been working on the Tesla shooting brake for more than a year. It only has the interior to complete.

 

 

The bespoke rear section of the car is made from carbonfibre by a specialist car part manufacturer that usually crafts Formula 1 car components. This is bonded to the car’s aluminium chassis.

The project is the result of a conversation with an entrepreneur friend of Hindmarsh’s who wanted a car with all the qualities the Model S brings but with more space to carry his dogs. The sloping roofline of the hatchback doesn’t allow enough room in its original form. 

 

 

The conversion in its simplest form costs around £70,000 to complete, excluding the cost of the donor car. Prices for other conversions will depend on individuals’ specifications. 

No information on the aerodynamics of the car’s new rear has been given, but Qwest is aiming to set the record for the fastest-accelerating estate car. To achieve this, it’ll have to better the 3.4sec 0-62mph acceleration of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid

Qwest is the first company to produce an estate version of the Model S, but it is not the only company working on a design. A London-based design house has also revealed its plans for a Shooting Brake variant, which will be produced in 20 examples for a yet to be confirmed price.

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Source: Autocar Online

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