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- Jul 3, 2021
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- Model Y
Tank turn will destroy your tires on a parking lot. Like doing a 45 second burnout, really bad. If you are on a gravel road, it will damage the road surface and your tires both. Damage is comparable to doing a really tight donut. If I used tank turn to flip around when out doing trail work, the local forest manager would not be happy with me.For such a wide vehicle, they'd help a lot once one had some practice in an empty parking lot with no curb stones. Maybe buy four to six soft traffic cones, and set them up to make the practice a bit better; also have a tape measure with the length and width of the vehicle marked, to set them up with just enough room to spare for maneuvers.
Sounds silly? Not so much. I used to practice in the snow in empty lots when I got another vehicle, so that if things got interesting on the road, I'd already know how it would react. With the Cybertruck (esp. quad motor), I suppose traction would NOT be a problem except maybe on un-sanded sheet ice; but the tight maneuver practice, esp. given maneuvering options that prior experience would not prepare one for, would likely be useful.
Having 4 wheel steering will be a huge game changer in parking lots… but I don’t see crab mode being that important. Crab mode moves you sideways. The problem you have in parking lots is generally not moving sideways, but turning 90 degrees. That’s just basic 4WS no crabs involved.
Crab mode might be interesting for parallel parking, but only if there is nobody in the stall behind where you want to park.
Thrust vectoring and 4 wheel steering are the interesting bits. Tank turn and crab walk are parlor tricks designed to showcase those features and of little practical value otherwise.