Rivian Delays The ‘ Tank Turn ’ Spin-On-The-Spot Feature


MotorTrend got privileged access to the R1T for an exclusive test drive and also learned from the electric pickup’s chief engineer, Charles Sanderson, that the spin-on-the-spot feature wasn’t going to be ready in time for first deliveries. Apparently, it is difficult to get everything working properly in order to perform the Tank Turn - the demonstration in the famous video is ‘a best case scenario,’ according to the source article.

Just as a reminder, Rivian was able to implement this feature because its vehicles feature a quad-motor setup, with an individual motor spinning each wheel, and thus it can have wheels on one side go one direction and the opposite ones in the other direction. The problem apparently arises when the wheels are on different surfaces with different levels of grip.

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