This may be the most horrifying Tesla Model S electric car in the world


When it comes to modifying cars, the sky's the limit.

Given enough cash, car modifiers will go to extraordinary lengths to improve the performance of stock vehicles, or customize styling to make a mass-produced vehicle unique.

But just because you can do something, that doesn't always mean you should.

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This isn't the first modified Tesla Model S electric car, but it could be the most horrifying yet.

It's the creation of the Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am., who has a side business building custom cars out of a California shop called IAMAUTO.

The modifications are undeniably extensive, as this walk-around video unearthed by Road&Track (via Jalopnik) shows.

Modified Tesla Model S owned by Will.i.am.

Modified Tesla Model S owned by Will.i.am.

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At the front, the car sports a new and much wider grille that gives it a somewhat startling visage.

The entire body was also widened, giving it the "widebody" look popular with car modifiers at the moment.

That also made room for gaping air intakes that start in the doors and terminate just ahead of the rear wheels.

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Intakes this large might be needed to funnel air into the engine compartment of a mid-engine supercar, but they don't seem to have any purpose in an electric sedan that has no engine to cool.

The top edge of the protrusion that helps form each air intake also houses the door handles.

They sit flush with the bodywork, as in a stock Model S.

Modified Tesla Model S owned by Will.i.am.

Modified Tesla Model S owned by Will.i.am.

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But this car also has rear-hinged coach doors (historically known as suicide doors).

At the back, the stock Tesla taillights were replaced with larger, more garish pieces, and the decklid appears to have sprouted a large rear spoiler.

Very dark window tinting obscures the interior, leaving passerby to wonder whether it has been altered as radically as the exterior.

As well as being of questionable aesthetic merit, those modifications likely increase drag, which in turn has a negative impact on efficiency.

Car modifiers usually start with the goal of improving a stock design, but they seem to have missed the mark in more ways than one with this ghastly creation.

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