Elon Musk hires an F1 professional to revolutionize Tesla’s pit stops
Elon Musk’s new battery swap stations can already refresh a Tesla Mannequin S and put it again on the street in underneath three minutes, however now he has assist in chopping that point to one thing even shorter. In the present day the CEO introduced Tesla has employed from Method 1 chief mechanic Kenny Handkammer to “revolutionize servicing mainstream automobiles.” Handkammer gained championships with each Michael Shumacher and Sebastian Vettel throughout his 25 years in racing, and was the chief mechanic of the Pink Bull F1 staff when it set a world report in 2013 with a pit cease that took simply 1.9 seconds — examine after the break for a sluggish-mo look at a comparatively leisurely 2.05 second cease.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 6, 2015
He left Purple Bull Racing final October because the group stated it had discovered somebody “higher suited in the middle of restructuring the workforce.” Presently struggling after lead driver Vettel moved over to Ferrari within the offseason, and with issues from engine supplier Renault, Pink Bull sits at sixth place within the constructors championship. What precisely can a race mechanic deliver to plain street automobiles? We’re not solely positive, but when Elon Musk’s subsequent demo consists of tire swaps at lightning velocity then we’ll know who to thank.
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