The shooting brake has been commissioned by a businessman who wants more space in the Model S for his dogs
A British coachbuilder has revealed pictures and information about its conversion of a Tesla Model S into the world’s first electric estate car.
Qwest, based in Norfolk and led by managing director Dorian Hindmarsh, has been working on the Tesla shooting brake for more than a year.
The bespoke rear section of the car is made from carbonfibre by a specialist car part manufacturer that usually crafts Formula 1 car components. This is bonded to the car’s aluminium chassis.
The project is the result of a conversation with an entrepreneur friend of Hindmarsh’s who wanted a car with all the qualities the Model S brings but with more space to carry his dogs. The sloping roofline of the hatchback doesn’t allow enough room in its original form.
The shooting brake will be complete in time for Christmas, says Hindmarsh, although Qwest is currently awaiting glass from provider Pilkington. It will be painted this week.
The conversion in its simplest form costs around £70,000 to complete, excluding the cost of the donor car. Prices for other conversions will depend on individuals’ specifications.
No information on the aerodynamics of the car’s new rear has been given, but Qwest is aiming to set the record for the fastest-accelerating estate car. To achieve this, it’ll have to better the 3.4sec 0-62mph acceleration of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Tesla Model S estate in progress as coachbuilt one-off