Luckily both drivers and car occupants aren't in critical condition, and in fact, the Tesla owner only had a little blood running out of his nose and a minor leg injury. The Nissan's occupants were brought to the hospital.
Allegedly the Nissan ran a red light as it sped right into the Tesla.
How fast was the Nissan going to split the Tesla in half?
Many people have been commenting on Reddit and Twitter, wondering just how quickly the Nissan GT-R must have been rolling to cut the all-electric Tesla in two halves.
Ouch. A Tesla and a GTR 😭 https://t.co/KN1KwqNWPO— Yasmin Faris (@_yasminfaris) January 22, 2020
Among those comments are some incredulous ones wondering how badly built a Tesla must be if it can split in half. However, as per the Twitter post below, the EV is in fact built that way so as to minimize the impact on the oncoming car.
Just to educate y’all a lil, the Tesla was in fact supposed to split in half after that impact. If it didn’t, the driver of the GTR would be dead. #DoYourResearch before y’all talk shit about Tesla okay https://t.co/RA0PY5UE4B— feb 1 (@divnte) January 22, 2020
It's always unfortunate to read about car crashes such as this one, however, this one has highlighted Tesla's award-winning safety features. It's quite common to see SUVs rollover when a side impact happens as they have a high center of gravity. Teslas, however, including the Model X, have a very low-lying center of gravity, which means they virtually never roll over in high-speed accidents.
Furthermore, the car has an outer casing battery pack which serves as an extra layer of structural rigidity, it also has a hybrid of ultra-high-strength materials, as well as big crumple zones that absorb shock.
Even though the car split in half, it was built for as much safety as possible, and we're glad the crash wasn't more serious.