04. The 2012 Tesla Model S Is Rear-Engined
The 2012 Tesla Model S has been designed in order to minimize the impact of the weight of its battery pack and electric engine. The battery pack has been mounted in the floor pan - an absolute must to keep the car's center of gravity as low as possible, given that these electric storage cells account for one third of the automobiles total mass. In the same vein, the Model S features a rear-mounted motor, squeezing the unit between the vehicle's two back wheels. Heat exchangers at the front of the car to keep the battery pack and other electronic systems cool.