Repair a Tesla as fast as an F1? Elon Musk’s old promise resurfaces

Inspired by the way pitstops are managed in Formula 1, Elon Musk would like to improve workshop visits for Teslas. Except that this is not the first time that he has made this speech.

Without even having to appreciate Formula 1, it is undeniable that one of the impressive aspects of this motor sport lies in the way in which pit stops are mastered to the nearest second. Meticulous teamwork, which seems to particularly inspire Elon Musk.

In a tweet published on Saturday July 23, 2022Elon Musk announces to be “ excited to be working with Tesla Service to enable on-time service as often as possible! Application of Formula 1 team techniques to Teslas. »

Elon Musk, the champion of idea recycling

However, this is not the first time that Elon Musk seems to want to revolutionize the passage to the Tesla workshop by drawing inspiration from Formula 1. In 2015, Elon Musk had just hired a former chief mechanic of the F1 team RedBull with more than 25 years of experience, in the same spirit. Kenny Handkammer has since left Tesla to join competitor Lucid Motors in 2017.

Whether it’s autonomous driving, a humanoid robot or the takeover of Twitter, Elon Musk is confidently able to recycle some of his ideas endlessly, with promises that never really seem to come to fruition.

Tesla has a very traditional workshop management

If Tesla has managed to bring some interesting new features to its after-sales service management, with remote repairs and a mobile Ranger service throughout the territory (roving technician), the brand is still faced with growth that is far too rapid. which generates some traffic jams in the workshops depending on the country and region.

Mobile Tesla rangers. // Source: Numerama

Elon Musk has tried to improve pick-up times before, but the service isn’t really new. Many manufacturers also offer minute services for minor maintenance and minor repairs. Tesla hasn’t revolutionized anything in this area, and that doesn’t seem to please Elon Musk, who always wants to do better than the others.

In principle, Tesla has made it possible to limit visits to the workshop with its remote updates, but breakdowns still force the user to make an appointment through the brand’s application to obtain a slot, either from a Ranger or directly from a service center.

Elon Musk therefore wants to go further by reducing vehicle downtime to less than a day, or even an hour. To succeed, however, it would be necessary to have large repair centers, replacement parts, but above all a large number of technicians to be able to work in a coordinated manner on each vehicle, like F1 teams. Now, Tesla announced a big wave of layoffs, and while it shouldn’t be too much about Tesla dealerships, it seems a bit paradoxical. Finally, we are never close to a paradox with Elon Musk.

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