Mercedes engineers hire Tesla X to ‘dismantle’
It’s not uncommon in the car industry that one buys a competitors’ new product to take it apart and study it. But hiring a Tesla X to test it to the extreme, dismantle and reassemble it as Mercedes-Benz engineers apparently did in Bavaria, is rather exceptional.
According to German magazine Der Spiegel, the Tesla X, was rented at Sixt in Bavaria and returned scratched allover and with some parts held together with duct tape.
When owners Manfred van Rinsum and Monika Kindklei, who rent their three Tesla’s through Sixt as a supplementary income, wanted to recover the damage from the renter, he turned out to be untraceable.
Note in glove compartment
Until they found a little note in the glove compartment, referring to Mercedes-Benz Technology Center in Sindelfingen warning for parking illegally, which was confirmed by analyzing the gps data of the car later.
Barcelona and back
They mapped out the whereabouts of the car and it turned out the Tesla was tested on the test track by Mercedes to its limits and was driven to Barcelona and back.
There the car was submitted during 23 days to extreme temperature tests, vibration tests, off road and hill climbing tests and road holding test with the scratches of the slalom stakes on the car’s paint as a witness.
Apparently the car was taken apart too to study its components and reassembled in a hurry, taping together some of the body parts.
15.000 euro damage
Sixt payed the owners a damage compensation of 15.000 euro, which was invoiced to Daimler. Both companies consider the ‘incident’ closed this way.
Not the first time
Daimler was caught earlier already dismantling an electric van developed by Deutsche Post / DHL. Then too the gps data revealed the real story of the car.