Posted on December 3, 2016
Like every T Sportline endeavor, Project Panda is a one-of-a-kind homage to its owner. This aptly named 2016 Tesla Model S features a white and black exterior theme with red accents that clue onlookers in on the fact that this is not the kind of panda that you cuddle with. Project Panda features a bevy of aesthetic and performance enhancements that unleash its inner beast.
EXTERIOR In keeping with the theme, T Sportline blacked out all the chrome trim using 3M satin black vinyl and as a finishing touch, added red accents for a pop of color. The greenhouse was tinted with 70% 3M Crystalline tint on the windshield and 40% 3M Crystalline tint on the sides and rear – providing even more contrast against the white, and adding significant UV protection for occupants. Finishing up the theme, the rear trunk chrome trim was painted in a matching matte black.
In the performance department, this panda received some new shoes to help it accelerate, corner, and stop with more confidence. A set of matte black T Sportline TS112 21” forged wheels were mounted, measuring 21×9.0” in front and 21×9.5” in the rear. These wheels were designed to accommodate the stock Michelin PS2 245/35-21 265/35-21 factory tires, factory TPMS, factory lug nuts and factory center caps.
While the wheel fitment is 0.5” wider than stock, the TS112’s weigh in approximately 17% lighter than the stock Tesla 21” staggered turbine wheels. The stylish multi-spoke design adds to the aggression quotient, particularly in matte black. Perceptive onlookers will notice that only the passenger side wheels feature red pin striping, adding a unique touch.
INTERIOR T Sportline prides itself on the caliber of interiors that we execute for our clientele. Five hides of Bentley Linen and Ferrari Black leather with contrasting black and linen stitching were used to reimagine the cabin’s seating surfaces, headliners, and pillars.
A gloss carbon fiber dash trim was installed, replacing the stock matte carbon fiber trim. The steering wheel was replaced with and a gloss carbon fiber steering wheel featuring linen leather sides, black contrast stitching, and an airbag cover dyed to match the Bentley Linen. Seat backs were upholstered with Bentley Linen and Ferrari Black race stripes, adding a bold visual cue.
Rounding out the interior touches, the speaker grilles were dyed to match the Bentley Linen leather and custom floor mats featuring with T Sportline hand-carved logos were installed.
From ten feet out and from the driver’s seat, Project Panda is clearly not your average Tesla. The owner wanted to merge luxury and performance in an aggressive package. It’s obvious the mission is accomplished.
PROJECT PANDA SPECIFICATIONS
BASE CAR 2016 Tesla Model S P90D
EXTERIOR *All chrome trim wrapped in 3M satin black vinyl with red accents
*Rear trunk trim painted in matte black
*3M Crystalline tint 70% / 40% (front windshield, side windows, panoramic roof, rear window)
WHEELS & SUSPENSION
*TS112 21” forged wheels 21×9.0” front 21×9.5” rear. Approximately 17% lighter than Tesla factory 21” turbine staggered wheel set
*Uses original Michelin PS2 245/35-21 265/35-21 factory tire set, original lug nuts, original TPMS and accepts factory center caps. Custom red pinstripe on 1 side only.
*Bespoke interior – 5 hides of Bentley Linen and Ferrari Black leather. Contrast black and linen stitching
*Reupholstered headliner, B pillars and C pillars in Bentley Linen
*Gloss carbon fiber dash trim
*Gloss carbon fiber steering wheel with Bentley Linen leather sides and contrast black stitching
*Airbag cover dyed to match Bentley Linen red leather
*Custom upholstered seatbacks with Ferrari Black race stripe
*Dyed speaker grilles to match Bentley Linen leather
*Custom floor mats with T Sportline hand carved logos in red