Elon Musk ordered Tesla engineers to stop doing a critical brake test on Model 3s

“If you just abandon [the test], you could potentially have a lot of quality issues with your customers,” he said. “Every plant does that … It’s part of finishing the build of the car.”



“Just get them out there so our stock price stops dropping.”

But what about the brakes?”

(From The Business Insider)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to have asked engineers at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, to remove a standard brake test, called the brake-and-roll test, from the tasks Model 3 cars must complete to move through production, according to internal documents seen by Business Insider.

The test was apparently shut down before 3 a.m. on June 26, according to a person familiar with the matter. It’s unclear why this particular test was halted or for how long.

According to an industry expert, the brake-and-roll test is a critical part of the car manufacturing process, taking place during its final stages. The test ensures that the car’s wheels are perfectly aligned and checks the brakes and their function by taking the vehicle’s engine up to certain revolutions per minute and observing how they react on diagnostic machines.

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