2016 Tesla Model X: Ludicrous Mode Broke the Model X
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on May 5, 2016
If you thought that I wouldn't try out Ludicrous mode in our 2016 Tesla Model X, you don't know me. It was everything I thought it'd be. Shockingly quick with a hearty punch to the gut. But it broke something.
In the center console bin, there's a Lightning port for Apple products. Or rather, there was.
I plugged in my iPhone 6S (not even the big 6-plus) and all seemed fine. Then there was a very long freeway on-ramp that was three lanes wide, straight as a ruler and uphill. The light turned green and I punched it. I hit the speed limit in a ridiculously short amount of time.
The longitudinal G forces sent my phone rearward relative to the bin and the Lightning plug snapped right off. Fortunately, it wasn't stuck in my phone, it had fallen through the bin and was lost forever.
It wasn't until I notified my colleagues that I found out that there was supposed to be some sort of supporting bracket attached to keep this very thing from happening.
I have an email in to Tesla to try and get a replacement. It appears to be a simple cable held in place with a metal keeper and it has a proprietary plug on the other end. Stay tuned.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 1,360 miles