Watch Tesla owner blow up car instead of paying $ 22,000 to repair
- The owner of a 2013 Tesla Model S was facing a repair bill of $ 22,000 to fix a faulty battery.
- He teamed up with several YouTubers to tie 66 pounds of explosives to the car and detonate it.
- The resulting videos were viewed a total of 5 million times.
For the first 900 miles, Tuomas Katainen’s modified 2013 Tesla Model S performed well, he said. Then water leaks and error codes forced him to call a tow truck to have it fixed.
After about a month, the store told him that the faulty battery needed to be replaced, at a cost of around $ 22,000. In addition to the high fees, the work would have to be cleared by Tesla, who apparently wasn’t too keen on the previous work done on the car.
Rather than shell out half the cost of a new Tesla to fix an old one, Katainen decided to do something different. He reached out to some of his favorite YouTubers including Hydraulic Press fame Lauri Vuohensilta.
After removing the lithium-ion battery, motors and other expensive components, the team transported the chassis to a former quarry on the outskirts of Jaala, a remote village about two hours from Helsinki, Finland.
Demolition experts on YouTube channel Pommejätkät (Bomb Dudes) attached 66 pounds of high explosives to the car and circled the area with cameras in slow motion.
As they were finishing the installation, a helicopter arrived and dropped a mannequin with the face of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, which they strapped to the driver’s seat of the doomed sedan.
The crowd retreated to a blast shelter, where Katainen had the honor of pushing the button and sending her old vehicle to the Valhalla vehicle.
In the video, a charge can be seen running along the detonating cord, triggering a series of detonators that smash the windshield and loosen several body panels.
After a short pause, the 14 hot dog-shaped charges erupt into a blinding fireball, sending a massive shock wave propagating from the car.
Images of a drone flying through the cloud of shrapnel and smoke show a gray and black spot where the car was located.
Videos of the explosion totaled 5 million views.
The standard warranty on a Model S covers eight years or 150,000 miles, but can be voided if the battery is opened or repaired by someone not authorized by Tesla. The warranty does not cover “damage resulting from intentional actions”, such as blowing up the car for a YouTube video.