Tesla’s ‘Race Cam,’ A Feature That’s Not Well-Known Could Win Over Skeptics

Elon Musk may be considered the modern equivalent to a snake oil salesman. There are many issues still to resolve when it comes to their cars, but even the most ardent, hippie-hating climate change deniers have to admit that he has made EV’s more cool (if not already cool).

The world’s most successful electric vehicle brand and one of the most exciting businesses on the planet, the American marque’s cars remain the high watermark for EVs across the globe. Their technological and ecological merits aside, Tesla’s performance credentials are the strongest argument for their ownership. Tesla’s Model S3, 3, X, and Y (yes, Musk called them that) not only can hold their own, but also easily outperform the vast majority performance cars on the marketplace in each of their model segments.

Indeed, the Tesla Model S Plaid recently beat out the 918 Spyder to nab the title of world’s fastest production car by acceleration time, the hotted-up sedan capable of rocketing from 0 to 60mph in 1.98 seconds. That’s quite fast.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you that EVs can be fun, one of the lesser-known features of every Tesla car might just win you over, as this Instagram video reveals. Brooks Weisblat is the founder and owner of Model S Plaid. He shows how his Tesla has four built-in, constantly-on dash cameras that record multiple angles from both in front and behind it.

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Obviously, the primary function of these dash cams is safety and security. Weisblat reveals that they can also be used as a kind of impromptu race cam’ or rolling photoshoot camera’. This allows you to record embarrassing internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) as you cut them at the lights.

EV owners of all kinds, not just Tesla owners, find that many ICE owners harass them at traffic lights and in carparks. This is a form of automotive tall poppy syndrome, which can lead to some very unpleasant incidents.

Let’s face it, half of the reason people buy dash cams is to capture something strange. The novelty of being able to record yourself embarrassing cocky drivers has an obvious appeal, but as one commenter points out, having an always-on built-in dash cam can come with a significant downside: This is a good reason not to have a dash camera, and certainly not one that cannot be turned off.

The same is true in many other jurisdictions, including Australia. This applies only if you are doing something illegal. We are not your parents.