Tesla Model X with early-gen Autopilot tackles muddy rural roads ravaged by Storm Dennis

A Tesla Model X owner with early generation Autopilot hardware demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to negotiate multiple tight turns on a wet, muddy, and partially-unmarked country road hit by Storm Dennis.

YouTuber Tesla Driver went out for a drive to check out the aftermath of severe flooding around Hereford, a town about three hours away from London, that was recently ravaged by Storm Dennis.

The interesting portion of the video footage shows the Tesla Model X on an earlier-generation of Autopilot hardware from 2017 was able to interpret a muddy portion of the road that was lined with cones and safely navigate through potential hazard areas. The driver set the speed to 10 mph and was amazed when the vehicle followed the cones despite the cones not showing up on the screen. The next challenge was if the Model X will move to the correct lane while negotiating a tight corner despite the unfavorable road conditions, and the Tesla Autopilot did not disappoint.

“Wow! It actually did that,” Tesla Driver can be heard saying after the vehicle did what he wanted it to do.

Despite being on an earlier version of Autopilot hardware dubbed Hardware 2.0, the three-year-old Model X was able to identify the cones along the road, despite not having the same visualizations as displayed in AP Hardware 3.0 vehicles, and seamlessly traverse a make-shift lane while using Navigate on Autopilot.

What’s even more impressive with the Model X owner’s experience is its ability to seemingly leverage Tesla’s increasingly smarter neural network to navigate complex road conditions despite being on three-year-old Autopilot hardware. Tesla Autopilot has logged over 2 billion miles since November 2019 and for the electric carmaker, this means tons of invaluable data that have been fed into its neural network that actively learns how to make its fleet of electric vehicles capable of handling real-world driving scenarios.

Check out the video below showing a Tesla Model X with Enhanced Autopilot 2.0 hardware take on the muddy backroads ravaged by Storm Dennis.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie, Czinger 21C, SCG 004: This Week’s Top Photos

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Alex Albon finally spent some time with the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar this week. Naturally they’re fans of the car, but it would be hard not to when you have a 1,160-horsepower V-12 to play with. First deliveries are scheduled for the second half of the year.

Czinger 21C

Czinger 21C

Another hypercar in the news this week was the Czinger 21C. According to the Los Angeles-based company behind it, the 21C packs as much as 1,233 horsepower generated by a pair of electric motors at the front axle and a 2.88-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 at the rear. It will also apparently run the quarter-mile in just 8.1 seconds.

2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo

2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo

Nissan’s GT-R Nismo received substantial updates for the 2020 model year, and this week we had our first test of them. The 600-hp output hasn’t changed but the car is now lighter and slipperier, with more stopping power and more grip.

Audi E-Tron S first drive

Audi E-Tron S first drive

Another car we tested was the Audi E-Tron Sportback. The electric crossover may pack a heavy battery but you won’t notice this much when driving aggressively.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 004C race car

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 004C race car

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus this week completed the initial shakedown for the racing version of its SCG 004 supercar. The car will compete in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in May and road-going versions should start delivery by the end of the year.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Noire Sportive

Bugatti Chiron Sport Noire Sportive

Bugatti completed its 250th Chiron, a limited-edition Chiron Sport Noire Sportive. It means the automaker is now at the midway point in the Chiron’s lifecycle as only 500 will be built in total. Just 100 build slots are said to be left.

2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition

2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition

Honda revealed full details on its updated Civic Type R. The car has benefited from a better ride, more features, and standard active safety features. There’s also a new track-focused model that will be limited to just 600 units in the United States.

2021 Ford F-150 spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Ford F-150 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

And finally, Ford’s next-generation F-150 was spotted testing. The top-selling pickup truck is set to receive plug-in hybrid and electric options and possibly a new V-8. Some variants may even feature independent rear suspension, which would be a first for the F-150.

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Tesla Model X takes on intense off-road challenge against Hummer H1 and Dacia Duster

A Tesla Model X flexed its electronic traction control capabilities after taking on a Hummer H1 and a Dacia Duster SUV in an intense off-road course. The all-electric Model X navigated through the hilly course with the help of its All-Wheel Drive powertrain and dual motors that digitally control the front and rear wheel independently.

The test of the three vehicles managed to expose each vehicle’s strengths and weaknesses when confronted by the challenging off-road course. Many of the hill challenges and twists within the dirt track lifted one of the vehicle’s wheels off of the ground due to the rigid structure of each vehicle. The Model X was the only vehicle of the three tested that uses an All-Wheel Drive powertrain, powered by dual motors which Tesla describes as two independent motors that digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels. “Your car can drive on either motor, so you never need to worry about getting stuck on the road.”

With dual motors and precision traction control, the Tesla Model X was the only vehicle in the challenge that was able to traverse a steep uphill section of the off-road course with relative ease while the Dacia Duster and Hummer H1 needed to leverage speed and momentum to navigate through the course. This could present challenges if conditions are wet, or momentum is lost during a steep climb.

Unlike the simple electric powertrain found in the Tesla with instant torque, the combustion engine Hummer H1 and Duster utilize a traditional transmission and drivetrain assembly to transfers energy from the engine to the wheels.

Many would believe the Four-Wheel drive option that is offered by both gas vehicles in the off-road challenge to be the ideal choice for taking on hilly terrains, especially when considering the ruggedness that a Hummer has to offer. However, the luxury electric Model X SUV manufactured by Tesla maintained the most control and navigated through the track in an elegant fashion, making it the best option for off-road driving when it comes to tackling some of the toughest terrains.

Watch Teslicka CZ video of a Tesla Model X, a Dacia Duster 4WD, and a Hummer H1 try to navigate a tough off-road course below.

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