The startup Rivian has released a teasing video which shows how the upcoming electric pickup – the Rivian R1T – can spin 360 degrees in a so called “Tank Turn”.
The Rivian R1T is claimed to have the driving range of near 400 miles (644 km), accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.0 seconds, and be able to tow the cargo of 11,000 pounds (4,990 kg) and more. The vehicle has four individual motors, one per wheel.
To make the R1T spin in place, the motors spin forward on one side, and in reverse on the other side. This ‘trick’ works only on slick surfaces like grass, dirt or gravel, and in case the traction threshold is low enough.
It is still unclear how to activate this function. Possibly, there is a certain button within the touchscreen, that will be optional on the versions with a quad-motor setup.
Rivian‘s pickup truck should arrive in a year or so as a 2021 model, followed by an electric R1S SUV.