Tesla Causes Teen to Fail His Driver’s Test

by Josh Lanier

A teenager in San Francisco failed his driving test because his Tesla helped him cheat.

Bryce Rosenblum told KPIX went to his driving test last month in a Tesla Model 3. He hadn’t made it out of the parking lot before the instructor started complaining. The car was doing too much of the work.

“Right off the bat, she warns me that the car was slowing down on its own, like at a stop sign,” Rosenblum said. “And she told me that happened twice before we even left the parking lot. And then we continue on the test. We did everything that a test is supposed to have in it. And then she then pulled me in and told me I failed.”

The Tesla Model 3, like most electric vehicles, has a regenerative braking system. It slows the car down to help it build up power in the battery. This happens before the driver touches the brake pedal. To pass the test, the instructor told him, he’d need to turn that feature off or borrow someone else’s car for the next test.

This isn’t the first time this has happened at the California DMV, Fox News noted. Bryce Rosenblum’s dad filed a complaint with the agency. State officials later decided that its staff should treat electric cars and gas vehicles the same. Because of that, Bryce’s score would be upgraded to a pass as that braking feature was his only infraction. His license is in the mail now, the DMV told KPIX.

Jay Leno Pushes Tesla To New Limits, Immediately Loses Record

Jay Leno recently demolished the Bugatti Chiron Sport’s production car quarter-mile speed world record in a Tesla Model S Plaid. The former late-night king showed off the electric vehicle’s 1,000 horsepower on a drag strip. But that victory didn’t last long.

He met with Tesla chief designer Franz Von Holzhausen on an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage to discuss why the car would be able to take down the record.

“This is tri-motor — two in the back, one in the front,” Von Holzhausen explained. “So all three motors are carbon-sleeve motors. It’s new, never been done before, invented by Tesla. And that just allows you to have constant power until you run out of room or you run out of speed. The CdA (coefficient of aerodynamic drag), the frontal area of the car increases, but we managed to get the coefficient to drag lower — so it’s 0.207.”

OK, OK, OK. That’s just nerd for this car is insanely fast. And he’s not kidding. While the Bugatti has an eight-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine that produces 1470 horsepower, the Tesla stomped its 9.4 second quarter mile time. Jay Leno finished a quarter-mile in 9.247 seconds, hitting speeds of 152 mph.

That record didn’t stand for very long, though. A professional driver hopped into the Tesla and finished the quarter-mile with a time of 9.234 seconds minutes after Leno’s record-setting run.